‘Predatory’ sex offender Nicholas Holbrook abused forklift trainee at Hull firm.
A former businessman jailed for raping and sexually assaulting students at his forklift training firm has admitted attacking another man.
Nicholas Holbrook owned Hull-based company Holbrook Training and targeted adults he deemed to be vulnerable.
Michael Greenhalgh, prosecuting at Hull Crown Court, heard Holbrook, 61, did not deliver the week-long course, but would often be seen “laughing and joking” with employees.
Mr Greenhalgh, quoting the latest victim who was in his 20s at the time of the assault, said Holbrook would occasionally make crude sexual innuendos around students.
“The complainant told this defendant about problems in his personal life,” said the barrister. “Mr Holbrook seemed quite sympathetic.”
At the end of that course, Holbrook thanked the victim and his peers “for being a hardworking bunch.”
“The defendant then asked the complainant to come and see him in his office,” said Mr Greenhalgh. “They were alone there, and the defendant asked him about his personal life. In effect, this defendant pressed the button that he knew would affect the complainant.
“The defendant then, when the complainant became emotional, gave him a cuddle.”
Holbrook told his victim, ‘Oh that’s nice’, before reaching down and sexually assaulting the man over his clothes, said Mr Greenhalgh.
“The complainant’s reaction was to push him away and leave the office,” said the barrister, who added the assault has had a lasting and profound effect on the victim.
He eventually, after several years, confided in his mother who persuaded him to report the matter to police.
Holbrook was interviewed by police in 2015. At first, he told officers that he had paid his victim for “sexual services”. However, he later admitted this was a lie by pleading guilty to a single count of sexual assault.
In 2013, Holbrook was handed a seven-year jail sentence for raping and sexually assaulting other men who attended courses run by his company.
Two years later, he was given six-and-a-half years, to run alongside the other sentence, for two sexual assaults that dated back to the Sixties and early Seventies.
Michael Woolfall, representing Holbrook, reiterated his client is already serving a long sentence, and that he had spared this victim further anguish by pleading guilty.
Recorder Nicholas Lumley QC told Holbrook, formerly of Kingswood that he is a “predatory sex offender”.
“Over several years you have violated the sexual autonomy of several victims,” he said. “You did not care about the consequences.”
Holbrook was handed a six-month prison term, to run concurrent to the other sentences.