‘Prada Boys’ gang member incarcerated for assaulting women gets SECOND life sentence after morbid abuse
A ‘Prada Boys’ gang member who subjected a vulnerable woman to ‘a campaign of humiliation and violence’, including forcing her to bark like a dog, has been sentenced to life.
Daniel Brown, 43, raped his victim with a balloon for a condom, threatened to shove a baseball bat into her, and threw a knife in her eye.
His nauseating abuse caused his victim “lasting psychological damage,” Southwark Crown Court heard.
The catalog of abuse included forcing her to dress up and pretend to be a prostitute on street corners while Brown watched from a distance.
After hearing the details of his crimes, a judge criticized the suspect for humiliating his victim to the limit.
A jury unanimously convicted Brown of rape, sexual assault, causing sexual activity, and assault that actually caused physical harm.
He has now received a second life sentence after being first convicted of assaulting and falsely incarcerating two other women.
Brown, who described himself as an ‘analytical psychopath’, was also a member of the ‘Prada Boys’ gang that carried out at least 35 raids on London wearing balaclavas, rubber gloves and hoods.
Daniel Brown, 43, who described himself as an “ analytical psychopath, ” waged a sickening campaign of abuse, leaving his victim with “ lasting psychological damage, ” Southwark Crown Court heard
They invaded the homes of wealthy victims and stole £ 2 million worth of valuables in a six-month crime spree.
Police later raided the leader’s house and found it full of designer gear, including Gucci, Prada or Armani sneakers and clothing.
Brown was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for his part in the 2003 Harrow Crown Court robbery.
He is also currently serving a life sentence imposed at Isleworth Crown Court in 2018 for, among other things, false incarceration and violence against two different women.
A ‘reign of terror’: the gang of robbers named after their taste in expensive footwear
The ‘Prada Boys’ gang’ Pictured left to right: Daniel Brown, Colin Mortley, Paul Murray, Leon Peters and gang leader Darren Mentore
The “Prada Boys” gang was filled with “some of the most dangerous criminals” a detective had ever worked with.
The gang, which got their name from their taste in shoes, attacked victims on their doorstep before ransacking their home for valuables.
They often identified targets after tracking home drivers in expensive cars.
In one instance, Lady Homa Alliance lost uninsured Iranian gold coins and jewelry worth £ 1.3 million from her Chelsea home.
Most of the items were in a safe that she had to open after being threatened with cutting off a finger.
Another high-profile victim was Ugandan High Commissioner George Kirya, whose Rolex watch was snatched from his hands.
Detective Superintendent Michael Gates said, “This gang included some of the most dangerous criminals I’ve dealt with.
“This was a reign of terror – they threatened and terrorized their prey, some of them single women.”
The robbers were sentenced to a total of 39 and a half years in prison after a trial at Harrow Crown Court in North London.
Gang leader Darren Mentore was jailed for nine years and Leon Peter, Mentore’s right-hand man, was sentenced to eight years. Both came from London.
Colin Mortley of Middlesex was given seven and a half years, Paul Murray of West London was sentenced to seven years and Daniel Brown was given eight years.
Judge Baumgartner said this showed a pattern of Brown ‘targeting vulnerable women’ and taking advantage of and ‘humiliating’ them.
He added that in this case he relegated a victim to the ‘extreme’.
The judge said, “You have shown absolutely no regret for this or any of your past violations.
‘You maintain your innocence. You lack empathy for your victims. You have a bad attitude towards women. ‘
Brown’s campaign of harassment and abuse began when he moved into his victim’s home in Kensington with a dog he had stolen.
Brown ‘clapped’ in anger after the woman saw wild posters for the dog and returned the pet to its owner.
Brown then raped the woman, who was struggling with drug addiction, by using part of a balloon as an improvised condom.
Prosecutor Ross Cohen said earlier, “ At one point, Brown demanded that she bark like a dog to show her and presumably herself that he was in complete control of her.
If at any point she didn’t immediately respond to the indicated path, he would turn violent. At one point I picked up a cutlery knife and threw it at her eye. ‘
He threatened to blind the terrified woman with ammonia and press a metal baseball bat into her, jurors heard.
“He called himself an ‘analytical psychopath,’ those were the words he used,” said Mr. Cohen.
Brown ripped off the woman’s underwear while she was still wearing her pants and dragged her to the bathroom where he forced her into an ice-cold bath while she cried out in pain. He also raped her while using a pink balloon he found as a condom.
Brown said he would sell her for 50 cents and forced her to wear a corset over a red dress to pose for a sex worker on the street while he watched across the street.
The woman was afraid that someone she knew would see her dressed like that and tried to cover the “horrible” clothes with her coat.
She described a feeling of ‘shame’ that he dressed her that way and allowed him to turn her ‘into some kind of freak’
Back in her flat, he forced her to perform a sexual act on his friend, the court heard.
The woman told the court that Brown was getting “excited” about how scared she got.
The next morning, Brown found out she had packed a bag to leave and hit her with “great force” in the ribs.
After running to her friend’s house to hide for the night, she eventually had to go home again, jurors heard.
Brown then threatened her with a bread knife until she ran outside without shoes on and the police were called.
The woman eventually related her lengthy ordeal at Brown to a female officer and he was arrested.
He was sentenced to life in prison for a minimum of eight years and eight months and placed on the sex offender register at Southwark Crown Court for life (pictured)
Brown, who did not have a permanent address, was denied but convicted of rape, sexual assault, causing a woman to engage in sexual activity and cause assault with actual bodily harm.
Judge Baumgartner told Brown, “The victim’s personal statement is poignant. She shares how she feared for her life when you did what you did to her.
Her life then turned into further addiction. She lost her house. She lost contact with her children and her family.
She started brushing her teeth with bleach and lost all but five teeth as a result.
Although she is no longer addicted to illegal drugs, she has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and describes how it affected her life.
“Obviously, what you did to her caused her lasting psychological damage.”
During the sentencing, Brown became extremely exasperated when he realized that the press was covering his conviction, accusing them of “ tarnishing his name. ”
He was sentenced to life in prison for a minimum of eight years and eight months and was listed on the sex offender registry for life.