Taxi driver gets life for sex attacks

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A pervert who masqueraded as an amateur photographer was today jailed for life after being convicted of drugging girls and filming himself attacking them.

For nearly a decade "sex obsessed" Phillip Brindle groomed vulnerable youngsters convincing them to pose naked for him.



When the taxi driver gained their initial trust he drugged them, raped one teenager and repeatedly filmed himself abusing them.



His horror films showed him checking the girls' eyelids to ensure they would not wake up while he was degrading them.



Reporting of the case was banned until today when Brindle, 54, of Lower Hewas Farm, Laddock, Cornwall, was locked up for a minimum 11-year term at Liverpool Crown Court.



He carried out the attacks at the home he shared with his wife Victoria in Little Lane, Wigan, Lancashire from 1992 to 1998 when the pair moved down south.



His wife was key to the crimes helping persuade the girls to pose, drugging them and then manipulating their naked limbs so Brindle could film the shocking abuse.



But she died from deep vein thrombosis in July 2008 before she could be brought to justice.









In November 2008 workers clearing a storage shed Brindle rented in Tregony, Cornwall, alerted police after finding evidence of his crimes.



Detectives scoured the shed and raided his home discovering a metal box containing a list of girls' names entitled "Hobbies".



Written alongside were sub-titles: nude, tied up, gagged, vibrator, anal, unconscious.



At his home Brindle stored videos, stills from the footage and photographs of his exploits years earlier.



Police managed to trace five women from the footage and charges were brought for the abuse of them.



After a three-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court Brindle was convicted of two counts of rape and six of indecent assault. He was cleared of three indecent assaults.



Brindle had filmed at least a trio of other women but two could not be traced and one was too ill to assist the investigation.



Brindle targeted teenagers with low self-esteem and who were having problems at home.



He would play on the promise of developing modelling careers for the girls, said Kannan Siva, prosecuting.



"He systematically sexually abused some very young women predominantly teenagers," the barrister said.



"He posed as an amateur photographer and made out he was interested in promoting the modelling careers of these young teenagers.



"He even claimed to one girl that he wasn't interested in pornography which was far from the truth.



"He had no interest in developing portfolios for these young women, not to their knowledge any way.



"He would film them when they were drugged, stupefied and in obvious oblivion."



Brindle made the victims sign 'model release forms'.



On the back of one which related to an 18-year-old he had a consensual sexual relationship with, he added a handwritten declaration stating: "I agree to wear whatever Phillip Brindle tells me to and not to have sex or oral sex with anyone but Phillip Brindle for as long as he wants and to keep myself wholly for him. I sign this of my own free will and without any coercion."









Brindle refused to attend the trial and today's sentencing, insisting he was innocent.



Judge Mark Brown described him as an arch manipulator and "sexual deviant".



The judge said: "This case involves a tale of control and manipulation by the defendant of young women who were at his mercy particularly when he got them unconscious.



"I am also satisfied he was involved with his wife in drugging them."



He added: "He is an individual who has no respect for women at all and was obsessed with sex.



"In my judgment his actions are those of a sexual predator.



"I am satisfied that some of the pornography found at the defendant's home shows he has a deviant sexual personality.



"He had films depicting the rape of women in a drugged or drunk condition and a document headed 'Hobbies' which lists the women he had abused and what he did to them.



"In my judgment, Phillip Brindle has demonstrated that he is a very dangerous man and I identify relationships with women, distorted thinking, lack of victim empathy, the desire to control and manipulate and sexual deviancy as key risk areas."



Brindle, who has maintained contact with his children aged 21 and 19, will be on the sex offenders register for life.



He will only be eligible for parole after 11 years though the 389 days spent on remand will be deducted from his punishment.



Reporting of the case was banned until today under a contempt order because he faced further trials for two counts of possessing a firearm and more than 20 counts of making and possessing indecent images of children.



Those trials will not take place now and the counts were left to lie on file.