November 2019

Perverted ‘monster’ made secret film and ‘haunted’ girl with harrowing sex abuse

Two women who were sexually abused as teenage girls by the same man have revealed how it drove one to attempt suicide, and left the other “feeling ashamed” of who she is.

Nicholas Andrews, 28, sexually assaulted both victims, and secretly filmed one when she was topless.

The impact of what they endured was revealed in harrowing victim statements read on their behalf by prosecutor Charlotte Baines at Hull Crown Court.

One called Andrews a “monster” and was so badly affected she suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, another disorder, and tried to kill herself.

Although Andrews admitted what he had done, she said: “I blame myself.”

The other victim said she was left feeling “vulnerable”, and what he did had “destroyed” her trust in men. She was experiencing “outbursts of anger” and said she “can’t maintain relationships with family and friends”.

She also said the abuse affected her education, and hit her self-esteem so hard it has “left me feeling ashamed of who I am”.

When Andrews was arrested he denied being sexually attracted to children and said he “had an interest in the human body”.

But police found indecent photographs of children on his computer, one at Category B and four at Category C. Data showed he had accessed a Russian website looking for images of young girls.

Andrews claimed there had been consensual sexual activity with one of the victims, which she “instigated”.

Miss Baines told the court: “The defendant was interviewed about the results of the forensic examination of his tablet [computer]. He fully admitted accessing the website and viewing the images stored on his device.

“He said that he had an interest in the human body and was not sexually attracted to children.

Andrews told one girl “I f*****g love you”, and sent texts asking if she had told her mother what he had done. He asked the other if she would like to “add to her experiences” by kissing a man his age, an idea she called “disgusting”.

Andrews, of Trinity Road, Bridlington, admitted four sexual assaults, voyeurism, sexual activity with a child, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and two offences of possessing indecent images.

Jailing Andrews for 40 months, Judge David Tremberg said Andrews had “used horseplay as a guise” and had come to “haunt” one of his victims.

He said although Andrews may not be responsible for all the difficulties experienced by them, he “risked causing and has caused them deep-seated and enduring emotional harm”, which “exacerbated” any previous vulnerability they may have had.

The judge told Andrews: “Both of these complainants have to bear the burden of what you did for significant periods of time”.

Andrews must register as a sex offender for life, and was made subject to a restraining order and a sexual harm prevention order indefinitely.