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Victim tells judge of bestiality trauma

AAP logoAAP 25/11/2016 Andi Yu

A traumatised man who was sexually abused and forced to have sex with a cow as a child has told a judge of his despair when colleagues made fun of him by making "mooing" noises.

His victim impact statement was read out in the Downing Centre District Court on Friday at the sentence hearing of Allan Kenneth Brookes, who has pleaded guilty to bestiality.

Brookes also admitted inciting aggravated indecency and aggravated indecency on a person under 16.

In September a jury found Brookes, who was aged 53 at the time of his arrest in 2014, guilty of multiple child sex offences in relation to the same victim.

The victim told the judge of the long-lasting effects of the abuse on all facets of his life, and his horror when Brookes' arrest was reported in the local media and people assumed he was the victim.

"I received phone calls from work colleagues questioning me and people were mooing like a cow due to the nature of the charges," he said.

He did not return to work after that.

"I was now unemployed and terrified of leaving the house."

Brookes' abuse turned him from a happy, engaged child at school, into a panic attack-prone loner who would leave class and hide in the bushes.

As an adult, he said the abuse had destroyed his relationships, financial success, education, sexual functioning and mental health and pushed him into alcohol addiction.

His partner, who read the statement on his behalf, broke down as she described his detachment from their young son.

"I don't feel comfortable holding him, giving him cuddles or saying 'I love you'," she read.

"Allan Brookes destroyed my life."

The sentence hearing will continue on February 20.

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