A man who raped a girl he tricked into befriending him has been jailed at Inner London Crown Court.
Opeoluwa David, 26, of Durham Rise, SE18 was sentenced to seven years imprisonment on 16th December 2013.
He was found guilty on 11th November of one count of rape after attacking his 17-year-old victim at his bedsit in Plumstead.
David engaged his victim in conversation while they both stood at a bus stop in Thamesmead in early July. He stated he had only been in the UK for a short while having arrived from Nigeria and he was looking to make new friends. The victim agreed to swap phone numbers with David and over the course of the next few days, David continued to send messages to his victim.
David also sent messages in the persona of a ‘friend’ called Becky, in an attempt to gain his victim’s confidence. Becky did not exist.
On 24th July 2013, the victim arranged to meet up with David and ‘Becky’ in Plumstead. On meeting up, the victim enquired where Becky was but David made an excuse and said she would meet them later.
David took his victim back to his bedsit where he locked them both inside and proceeded to rape her. He then let the victim go.
As soon as she was away from David, the victim contacted a friend and reported the incident to police.
David was arrested on 25th July 2013, and subsequently charged with rape and false imprisonment.
The investigation was carried out by officers from Sapphire, part of the Metropolitan Police’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.
Detective Constable Jivan Saib, who led the investigation, said: “The successful conviction of David is largely down to the bravery of the victim in this case. David took advantage of this girl but she has shown immense bravery and resolve in supporting our investigation.
“I hope this conviction and custodial sentence encourages other victims to come forward and tell us what has happened to them.”
Detective Inspector James Pryde said: “I would encourage all victims of rape to report what has happened to them to the police – together with our partners we will assist and support you. Our officers are specially trained to support victims of rape.
“In this case the victim has seen David convicted – he will now go to prison and, on his release, will be monitored as a registered sex offender.”