Vile Cliftonville child rapist Arnold Bracs jailed for life
by Paul Hooper
One of Kent's vilest sex offenders has today
been jailed for life today after a campaign of rapes on a
Arnold Bracs, from Cliftonville, had carried out his
depraved attacks – along with two other men – that ended in a
horrific suicide pact.
Much of what the 56-year-old (pictured right) put his
victim through cannot be reported – but the pervert made the
boy practise tying a noose from a tree and putting his head
He was rescued from Bracs's evil clutches just two days before
one of his attackers hanged himself from the tree. A third predator
later died in a road accident.
Now a judge has told Bracs, of St Paul's Road, he must remain
behind bars for life for his "wicked conduct" and because he still
poses a serious threat to other children.
The victim – described by Judge James O'Mahoney - as "very
brave" later told police how his ordeal had even led him to try to
He added: "I no longer wish to die, but what he did to me was
wrong. I think it was disgusting and I will never forgive him for
this. He has destroyed my childhood.
"What I am most worried about is he could do the same to anybody
else again and I really hate him for what he has done to me."
David Allan, prosecuting, told Canterbury Crown Court Bracs
admitted six rapes dating back many years.
"I think it was disgusting and I will never forgive him for this. He has destroyed my childhood..." – Arnold Bracs's victim
With the victim – who is now in his teens - sitting with his
family just feet away from his torturer, the court was told of the
child's heartbreaking ordeal.
The prosecutor said after the first attack, he threatened
to kill his vulnerable victim if he reported it.
What followed was "a campaign of rapes" of a child which
continued for six months – even though when he was eventually
arrested Bracs denied the attacks claiming he suffered from
Mr Allen added: "At first it was only Bracs who was involved in
the rapes, but it did not remain that way. Three males later
committed sex acts in front of their victim and on their victim.
Others became involved as well."
The prosecutor said the sordid paedophile – who slept with
children's underpants under his pillow - also denied claims from
his victim there was a suicide pact involving two men and the
The victim said that had he not been rescued, the pact would
have been carried out.
"Bracs and another man set up a tree where they hung three
nooses from a branch. And they were obliged to practise putting the
noose around his neck."
Bracs has 12 convictions – including being jailed for 30 months
for five sex offences with children in February 1988.
Sick Arnold Bracs was
jailed at Canterbury Crown Court
Mr Allen said the victim and his mother made victim impact
statements, which "make very sad reading and brought home the
effect of these offences".
The victim revealed he had often woken up in the middle of the
night screaming and "covered in sweat".
His mother told officers her son has an "extremely vivid
memory", which prompted the judge to add: "Normally to have an
exceptional memory is a blessing but not, when he has to recall
this - it's a curse.”
The mother revealed that for a while the family were unable to
have knives in the house or eat with china plates.
She added: "I want my son to finally have a childhood that he
has never had."
Bracs was told his life sentence included a 15-year jail tariff
and therefore can’t be considered for parole before 2020 at the
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