Child rapist Brett Callaghan jailed for 12 years for Thornleigh skate park abduction


Predator’s pathetic excuse after abducting girl, 12, from a skate park before drugging and raping her over nine hours during ‘parent’s worst nightmare’

  • Brett John Callaghan, 39, pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse with a child
  • He also pleaded guilty to supplying a prohibited drug to his 12-year-old victim
  • Judge in NSW District Court on Friday gave him to a head sentence of 12 years
  • Callaghan acknowledged harm he caused and said ‘I probably ruined her life’ 
  • Terrifying ordeal lasting nine hours for the girl in April 2020 was read in court


A man who committed a ‘parent’s worst nightmare’ when he abducted a 12-year-old girl from a Sydney park, then drugged and raped her has pathetically linked his failed swimming career to his vile behaviour.

Brett John Callaghan, 39, pleaded guilty to a series of charges, including two aggravated counts of having sexual intercourse with a child and supplying a prohibited drug to a child.  

Judge Robert Sutherland in the NSW District Court on Friday described his conduct as predatory and opportunistic and sentenced him to a sentence of 12 years. 

Callaghan wrote a letter to the court about his directionless and drug-addicted life after his dreams of becoming an Olympic swimmer were dashed at Commonwealth Games trials.

After failing a drug-test at 17 and being kicked off the team, he began long-standing battles with alcohol and drug abuse. 

Brett John Callaghan, 39, pleaded guilty to a series of charges, including two aggravated counts of having sexual intercourse with a child and supplying a prohibited drug to a child

Callaghan acknowledged the harm he caused and said ‘I probably ruined her life’.

The terrifying ordeal lasting more than nine hours for the girl in April 2020 was read out by the judge.

He described the young girl’s disappearance when her mother was scheduled to pick her up as ‘undoubtedly a parent’s worst nightmare’.

The girl was approached in Thornleigh skate park on the afternoon of April 28, by Callaghan who offered to charge her mobile phone at his house.

She initially declined but he insisted it would only be ’10 minutes’ and said he would drop her back.

He pointed to another young child in his car and reassured her that she would not be hurt.

They drove to a Dural property where his parents lived and he resided out the back in a granny flat and offered her ‘the good stuff,’ in an ice pipe.

Two puffs later she felt uneasy, tired, hot and cold, and became worried by his behaviour.

The girl was approached in Thornleigh skate park on the afternoon of April 28, by Callaghan who offered to charge her mobile phone at his house

The girl was approached in Thornleigh skate park on the afternoon of April 28, by Callaghan who offered to charge her mobile phone at his house

They drove to a Dural property where his parents lived and he resided out the back in a granny flat and offered her 'the good stuff,' in an ice pipe

They drove to a Dural property where his parents lived and he resided out the back in a granny flat and offered her ‘the good stuff,’ in an ice pipe

The victim ran down the 200m-long driveway (pictured) screaming and a neighbour came out but Callaghan drove up alongside and told her he would drive her home

The victim ran down the 200m-long driveway (pictured) screaming and a neighbour came out but Callaghan drove up alongside and told her he would drive her home

She ran down the 200m-long driveway screaming and a neighbour came out but Callaghan drove up alongside and told her he would drive her home.

At some stage he pulled over and his victim left the car and ran away but ‘could not see anything in sight’ and returned.

Later in the evening he drove them back to his parents’ home and waited for attending police officers to leave.

By this stage his victim said she felt stuck at his house and gave up trying to go home.

Back in his bedroom he sexually penetrated the girl who later said she was in ‘so much pain,’ and that she felt powerless and like crying.

In a letter to the court, Callaghan acknowledged the harm he caused and said 'I probably ruined her life'

In a letter to the court, Callaghan acknowledged the harm he caused and said ‘I probably ruined her life’

When police returned he threw a blanket over her and told her not to speak, but he eventually admitted she was there and was arrested on the spot. 

In an earlier sentence hearing, the girl’s mother detailed the ‘catastrophic’ impact the ‘abhorrent’ attack had upon her.

Her daughter’s personality has been fundamentally changed, that she is plagued by nightmares and doesn’t smile anymore.

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