“Both victims have shown tremendous courage, not only in coming forward to report what happened, but also throughout the investigation and trial. Because Brookes would not admit his guilt, both have had to face the court and relive the traumatic $exual crimes they suffered when they were very young children.
“Brookes’ custodial sentence will not undo the damage he has caused to his victims, and we know that $exual abuse at any age can have an incredibly harmful impact. However, it is my sincere wish that knowing he is now behind bars for his awful crimes means that they feel they can begin to process what has happened and take a step forward into their futures.”
Brookes, formerly of Cambridge Crescent, East Dene, was found guilty of nine counts of rape of a child under 13 following a four-day trial at Sheffield Crown Court earlier this year.
Yesterday (Friday 28 April), Brookes appeared before the same court, where he was sentenced to 12 years in prison and placed on the $ex Offenders Register indefinitely. He has also been made subject to a $exual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).
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