Opemipo Jaji: Alleged schoolgirl rapist ‘attacked before’

 

10/Apr/2013

Source: bbc.co.uk

A teenager accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in a park had attacked another schoolgirl a year before, a court has been told.

Opemipo Jaji, 18, admitted sexually assaulting and robbing the girl in 2011, the Old Bailey heard.

He is on trial accused of raping a girl after following her home from school on a bus and dragging her into a park in Enfield, north London, last November.

Mr Jaji, of Edmonton, denies rape.

He followed the girl, dragged her into Jubilee Park and subjected her to a three-hour ordeal, the Old Bailey heard.

Her glove had been stuffed in her mouth and she had been stripped and assaulted.

DNA in park

The girl ran home dishevelled and bleeding and later underwent surgery for her injuries, the court heard.

Mr Jaji said he was not the attacker, although he was on the same bus.

He claimed her DNA found on his bag, trainer shoe and the waistband of his boxer shorts was from when he went into the park later that evening, the jury heard.

But Rosina Cottage, QC, prosecuting, said it was “not a coincidence” that Mr Jaji had sexually assaulted and robbed a girl before.

Miss Cottage said a tie had been placed in that girl’s mouth by Mr Jaji.

She added: “He had an interest in pre-pubescent girls and sexual acts with pre-pubescent girls.”

Mr Jaji had been arrested a few days later after CCTV was viewed, and his bedroom searched.

A book about a little girl being sexually assaulted was found, along with adverts for child care vacancies and a picture of a little girl in Australia marked FC – a possible reference to Facebook, the court heard.

There was also an article about missing schoolgirl April Jones.

‘Dishevelled and panicky’

The court was told the alleged victim had caught a bus in Enfield Town with her friend at 16:30 GMT.

Miss Cottage said: “She got on the bus with her friend and they were giggling and chatting.

“Also on the bus was a young male, the defendant. He watched her get off the bus and followed her.

“He dragged her into a local park in the dark and raped her. She ran home bleeding and injured. Her blood and DNA were found on his clothes and bag.”

Miss Cottage said the girl had been expected home by 17:00 GMT and her parents rang police by 17:30 after she failed to turn up.

The girl appeared at 20:00 “dishevelled, dirty and panicky”.

“She had a crop-top bra in her hand and said she had been attacked,” Miss Cottage said.

The girl said her attacker “had kept making fists and cracking his knuckles”.

She said when they were in the park, he kept asking for her phone – which she did not have – her Oyster travel card and her keys.

At one point, he threatened to stab her if she moved and caught her when she tried to run away, the jury was told.

He had also threatened to film her and send copies to children at her school, she said.

The trial was adjourned until Thursday.

 

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-22099879


Brutal acts of violence: refugee’s suburban rape cruises

28/March/2013

Source: theage.com.au (Mark Russell)

An Afghan refugee would drive from his home in Tullamarine to nightclubs in Frankston late at night searching for drunk, vulnerable young woman to prey on, a court was told today.

He would pick them up in his white 1988 Honda Civic and rape them.

Esmatullah Sharifi, 30, pleaded guilty today to raping an 18-year-old woman on December 19, 2008.

He had been jailed in 2009 for a minimum of seven years for abducting and raping a 25-year-old woman at Frankston on Christmas Eve, 2008 – five days after the first rape.

Sharifi was placed on the serious sexual offenders register after his jailing and his DNA was found to match the sample taken from his first victim.

Prosecutor Fran Dalziel told the court the first victim had been out drinking Fruity Lexia wine when her girlfriend left her to go to the Bay Hotel in Mornington.

The victim was sitting on the footpath behind the 21st Century Dance Club when Sharifi approached her and offered to give her a lift to the Bay Hotel.

She accepted but became anxious and confused when they had been driving for an hour and she saw a road sign saying Sorrento.

Sharifi then pulled over into a dark side street and raped her in the front passenger seat.

“She began to scream and cry out for help,” Ms Dalziel said.

“The accused put his left hand over her mouth and his right hand around her neck, restricting her breathing. He said to her, ‘I’ll take you home after it, I’ll give you back your phone as well’.

“He said to her things including … ‘This feels so good’, ‘you’re beautiful’ and ‘does this feel good?”‘

Sharifi later drove the victim back to her girlfriend’s home.

Five days later he drove back to Frankston and abducted a 25-year-old woman, punched her in the face and raped her. She escaped by jumping out of his moving vehicle.

Ms Dalziel said Sharifi claimed he did not have a great understanding of sexual mores in Australia but Judge Mark Dean disagreed.

“These are acts of violence,” the judge said. “Serious acts of violence against women, nothing to do with sexual mores. They’re brutal acts of violence.”

Judge Dean said Sharifi was dangerous and the community needed to be protected from him.

He said Sharifi’s chances for rehabilitation appeared poor.

Defence lawyer Mark Regan said Sharifi was born in Afghanistan and had been in Australia for seven years after arriving by boat on Christmas Island from Indonesia.

Sharifi was of Hazara extraction, an ethnic minority in Afghanistan, and had been beaten by the Taliban. He had seen his older brother shot dead when he was a teenager.

Mr Regan said Sharifi was uneducated, illiterate, inexperienced in forming relationships with women, and was confused about the nature of consent. He is in Australia on a permanent protected visa.

Judge Dean will sentence Sharifi on April 12. The maximum penalty for rape is 25 years’ jail.