A 22-year-old UK-based Nigerian, Oluwadamilare Baiyewu, has been sentenced to 24 years imprisonment by a Woolwich Crown Court in the UK for raping a 17-year-old girl.
Baiyewu who resides in Fairlawn in Greenwich, had on December 2, 2015, grabbed the 17-year-old girl while holding a knife, but she managed to break free and escaped.
The accused, one week after, grabbed another victim, also 17, in the same area of Binsey Walk, Thamesmead, as she got off the bus at 7pm.
According to DailyMail, Baiyewu raped her in a secluded area.
He was, however, reportedly tracked down after DNA on the semen found on the young lady was linked to him; and was subsequently arrested on December 16, placed on an identity parade where he was picked out by the victim whom he had attempted to rape.
Detective Constable, Chris Hammond, of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command while speaking on his conviction said, “Oluwadamilare Baiyewu is a dangerous, calculating, predatory rapist.
“He volunteered at a local church, creating the image that he was a pillar of the community, which I believe was an attempt to mask his true nature as a sexual predator.
“I would like to praise his victims for having the strength to come forward to police and give their evidence in court.
“The streets of Thamesmead are now a safer place without the presence of Baiyewu. Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, Baiyewu refused to accept his guilt. He manipulated thelegal system to cause two trials to be adjourned which caused both victims further distress.
“I would like to thank the two victims in this case who maintained their commitment to the prosecution despite Baiyewu’s deliberate attempts to prolong proceedings.
“Thankfully their will to see Baiyewu pay for his crimes enabled the trial to proceed at the third attempt and Baiyewu was rightly convicted of all charges,” Hammond said, disclosing that the accused will serve a minimum of 16 years in prison and will then be on license for eight years .