October 2010

18 years for rapist showing no ‘shred of remorse’

A rapist has been jailed for 18 years after failing to show a “shred of remorse” for repeatedly molesting two teenage girls.

Brian Campbell, 42, was found guilty of a catalogue of 20 sex crimes against the two girls, both aged under 16.

Campbell, who lived in Honiton at the time but had since moved to London, had denied all the charges against him, which also included making indecent images of children. But he was found guilty at a trial earlier this year.

Sentencing him at Exeter Crown Court yesterday, Judge John Neligan said: “You maintain your innocence, despite the jury’s verdict, there is not therefore a shred of remorse, having used these two girls seriously and sexually for your own gratification.

“You put them through the trauma of having to give evidence in court over days at your trial, so there is no credit whatsoever.”

Prosecutor Nigel Wraith told the sentencing hearing that the crimes are continuing to have a serious impact upon both of the girls.

Defence counsel Michelle Clark highlighted Campbell’s lack of criminal record prior to the trial and said he was thought highly of by those who knew him in London.

She said he was facing a tough time in prison and would continue to do so.

Campbell had been found guilty of three indecent assaults, eight rapes, one offence of sexual activity with a child and two sexual assaults.

He was also convicted of two other sexual offences and four of making an indecent photograph of a child. Three of the original 23 charges had been dropped during the trial.