Man jailed for raping and sexually assaulting young girls

A man who raped and sexually assaulted two young girls has been sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment.  

John Mensah, 48, from Broadcoombe, Croydon, was sentenced on 7th February 2012 at Croydon Crown Court.

John Mensah jailed for 15 years

Mensah was a trusted family friend of the two girls who were both under ten years old at the time of the offences.

On 22nd April 2011 he took the children out for the day and they visited a fast-food restaurant. Mensah then took them to a venue in Wallington he had access to where he raped one girl and sexually assaulted both of them.

One of the children told her mother what had happened and the police were called. Mensah was arrested by detectives from the Metropolitan Police Child Abuse Command the following day. He was interviewed but gave no comment answers to all the questions put to him.

He was subsequently charged with nine sexual offences, including rape, and was found guilty following a trial at Croydon Crown Court in December 2011.

“John Mensah was trusted by the families of the children and he used this trust to commit awful crimes against two young girls,” said Detective Constable Craig Bowden, of the Child Abuse Investigation Command. “He is a predatory paedophile who will now spend a considerable amount of time in prison. His young victims were incredibly brave in disclosing their ordeals to their families and then to specially trained police officers.”

Without courage and bravery of the two young girls, Mensah would not be in prison today, Detective Bowden said. “I would like to take this opportunity to encourage anyone who may have any concerns as a result of coming into contact with John Mensah, to contact the Child Abuse Command on 020 8721 7407,” he said.