One-Legged Man Arrested For Raping Teenage Schoolgirls

One-Legged Man Arrested For Raping Teenage Schoolgirls

A man who lost his leg in a bike accident took his false leg off before raping schoolgirls has been jailed for 18 years.

Brian Austin lured the girls to his bedroom in his bungalow in Reading, Berkshire, where he would remove his prosthetic limb and rape them before getting dressed and walking away.

The 59-year-old was found guilty of eight sex offences against 14 and 15 year old girls between 1999 and 2006.

One victim was offered thousands of pounds in cash and expensive presents if they pretended to be his wife.

She told a jury at Reading Crown Court that if she pretended to be his wife while a friend filmed them through a window she would receive a TV, laptop, MP3 player, mobile phone and DVD player.

Another victim said: 'I will have to live with what he did to me forever. I'm just glad everybody knows what he is.

'I didn't think anyone would believe me when I made my initial statement but I'm glad I did because it made more girls come forward. I hope he rots in hell.'

Judge Peter Ross told Austin the 'long-term and extremely damaging' impact of his actions had had on the girls including their relationships with men.

'Brian Austin, the jury convicted you of a series of sexual offences spanning a period of many years.

'They all have a similar hallmark and represent careful planning and preying on vulnerable young teenage girls.

'They were committed in such a way as to ensure the fact that your victims never needed to be threatened because they were made to feel they held a degree of the responsibility for what had happened to them.'

Austin was convicted of two counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, two counts of indecent assault, two counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of sexual activity with a child.

His 17 previous convictions for 39 offences dated back to 1956 included an indecent assault on a girl under 14 in 1970 and sex with a girl under 16 in 1994.

He was ordered to be placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for life.


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