June 2022

Man carried out horrific rape and sex attacks on two girls when he was a child

A Middlesbrough man who raped a young girl when he was just 14 and sexually assaulted another girl has been jailed 50 years after he committed his crimes.

James Broderick, now 66, threatened to kill the primary school-aged girl he raped, by placing a pillow over head. He subjected the other girl to serious sexual abuse on a number of occasions – leaving her in pain and frightened of him.

Teesside Crown Court heard that Broderick himself was a victim of abuse as a child, after his mother died when he was very young.

Broderick, of Cranmore Road, Pallister Park, in Middlesbrough, initially denied the 11 charges against him, before pleading guilty to rape; eight counts of indecent assault of a girl and two counts of inciting a girl to commit gross indecency, in the late 60s and 70s.

Broderick entered his guilty pleas on May 16, the day his trial was due to start. He has no previous convictions.

Prosecutor Shaun Dodds told the court that Broderick’s first victim said: “I used to have to touch him. He’d punch me in the face if I stopped. He used to tell me I was ugly, that everyone hated me and no one would believe me I if told them what he was doing.”

His first victim, who he raped, said the affects from his abuse have never gone away. She said: “I always knew it was wrong, but back then I didn’t even know what sex was. He would hit me. He would call me ugly. I have problems trusting people, including partners. I’ve had counselling. I’ve had depression and medication for it.”

Broderick started to abuse his second victim when she was of primary school age.

Judge Howard Crowson told Broderick that all of his offences occurred 50 years ago, when he was under 18, and that he raped one of his victims when he was a 14-year-old boy. He said: “You forced yourself upon her. She was petrified. If I were sentencing an adult for this offence, the starting point would be 10 years. That approach cannot be directly applied to a child offender.

“Although I’m not sentencing a 14 year old boy, I have to pass a sentence applicable to a 14 year old boy – in terms of development, mental health, and the expectation that a 14-year-old boy can be rehabilitated. I note from your pre-sentence report that your behaviour was influenced by behaviour towards you, which must reduce your culpability still further.”

The judge handed Broderick a three-year-and-one-month prison term, telling him that his sentence is substantially lower than if he had offended as an adult. Broderick was made subject to police notification requirements for the remainder of his life and will be placed under supervision when he is released from prison.