NSW pedophile found dead in Lithgow jail

Perry Duffin and Greta Stonehouse

A pedophile convicted of "grave and evil" crimes has been found dead in his NSW jail cell after police brought fresh abuse charges against him.

Allan Kenneth Brookes, 56, took his own life and was found dead at Lithgow Correctional Centre on Saturday.

"The death is not believed to be suspicious," a Corrective Services NSW spokesman said in a statement on Monday.

Brookes was hit with 20 fresh charges earlier this month relating to historic sexual abuse of a teenager he allegedly knew at Gunnedah from 1983 to 1986. He was due to appear in Tamworth Local Court on August 28.

The dairy farmer was sentenced in April to a minimum seven-year jail term after being convicted of multiple historical child sex offences and one count of bestiality.

On one occasion, Brookes forced his young male victim to watch while he had sex with a cow and in a separate incident, he made his victim commit a sex act with a calf in a feeding pen.

Judge Chris Craigie labelled the crimes "quite grave and evil" and an "appalling catalogue of protracted offending".

"The victim was ... a vulnerable young person who had the great misfortune to be exposed to the offender's proclivities," the judge said.

During his sentencing in April, Brookes fell to the floor of the NSW District Court when the judge read out details of his offending. He would have been eligible for parole in 2023.

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