Man guilty of raping 11 year old in London park

Jaji

Opemipo Jaji, aged 18, was convicted of the rape of an 11 year old girl. Sentencing will take place in June.

The facts

Jaji dragged the 11 year old into a park and raped her over a 3 hour period, after she had got off a bus on her way home from school. Jaji had started to follow her, causing her to cross the road three times before starting to run in an attempt to get away.

Jaji took her to a secluded part of the park and forced a glove into her mouth before raping her. He threatened to stab her as she tried to escape twice. Jaji also threatened to take photographs of the victim on his mobile phone and send them to everyone at her school.

She was eventually allowed to dress and ran home, bleeding. She had to undergo an operation for her injuries.

Aggravating factors

In terms of the likely sentence, key considerations are the aggravating features. They include:

The age of the victim

The length of time over which the rapes took place

The threat of taking pictures on his mobile phone

The threat to kill the victim as she tried to escape

The injuries the victim suffered.

Clearly this is a very serious example of a very serious offence and when taken with his previous convictions, Jaji can certainly expect a very long time in prison. It will be necessary to examine whether Jaji is ‘dangerous’ within the meaning of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and indeed the Judge said that a life sentence was an option.

Previous convictions and the sex offenders register

Jaji had previously pleaded guilty to a sexual assault of a 12 year old girl in 2011 and convicted of possession of indecent images in 2012. So why was he not subject to the notification requirements (the ‘sex offenders register’)?

For the assault in 2011, he was given a 10 month Detention and Training Order which comprises a custodial and community sentence. A DTO is a sentence which triggers notification but only where the sentence is one of 12 months imprisonment, see R v M, B and H 2010 EWCA Crim 42 for an example.

For the indecent images, he was given an 18-month Youth Rehabilitation Order. A YRO is not a sentence that triggers notification.

For those reasons, he was not subject to notification.

Robert Bryan, a barrister at One Paper Buildings, explains the notification requirements in relation to this case in more detail here.

Sentence

The maximum sentence for rape is life imprisonment. An important consideration will be  of course the facts of the offence, any previous history of sexual offences, and the offender’s age.

In this case, the Judge made it clear that life imprisonment was an option. Sentencing will take place in June and in the intervening period, reports will be prepared to assist the Judge in the assessment of the correct sentence.

There will be an assessment of ‘dangerousness’. This is a test in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to determine whether it is necessary to sentence the offender to a sentence which has an added element of public protection. This will either be an EDS (Extended sentence) or life imprisonment.

Without knowing all of the facts, it is very difficult to predict, however don’t expect the assessment of dangerousness to go in Jaji’s favour. What is certain however, is that whatever the sentence, Jaji will be in prison for a long, long time.

We will of course cover the sentencing hearing when it happens.

 Image courtesy of the Daily Mail

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5 thoughts on “Man guilty of raping 11 year old in London park

    1. Sisterhood (@sisterhooduk)

      Do you think, in the case of this particular offender, it was prudent to have ever given him a community sentence (hindsight is a wonderful thing) but leaving it aside would you have agreed with the sentence passed at that time in relation to his previous offences?

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  1. Andrew

    I don’t know, I didn’t see the probation reports, and neither did you. They fell within guidelines and that’s the best any court can do.

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    1. Sisterhood (@sisterhooduk)

      Does that mean you can’t offer an opinion on whether a man who previously sexually assaulted a 12 year old girl, and then was found to possess indecent images of children should have been left loose in the community. You are correct I didn’t read any of the probation reports and having not done so, being a mere lay member of the community with no specialst training I believe one could easily have written the predictable ending to this story; which was that someone else, another child or young woman, would become victim to him there may be other victims of his out there too who are too scared to tell. Ponder that one for a moment. This is where the perps appear to have all the rights and victims and potential victims none and no consideration of them either.

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      1. Andrew

        From what I have read – which may or may not give a full view of the saga – I would have preferred to send him down for the images: but as you know judges and magistrates cannot go outside guidelines to suit their own prejudices.

        Every time a convicted rapist on a determinate term reaches the point of release the Prison Service may be releasing a rapist about to happen again; every time the Parole Board recommend the release of a rapist on an indeterminate sentence the Prison Service may be releasing a rapist about to happen again. But what would you do, Sisterhood? Keep the banged up unlawfully?

        You have seen my original comment about this abominable case and I stand by it. As you know this apology for a man got life with a minimum of eight. If it rested with me he would serve a lot, lot more than that and I hope he does, and I can imagine your views on the subject. But be in no doubt about it: it does not rest with your or with me, and the point will come when he is released.

        Unless of course one of the self-righteous burglars and drug dealers around him takes it upon himself to shorten his sentence – something which it is the duty of the Service to prevent. Ian Huntley, I believe, has been paid damages for injuries sustained when the Service allowed an inmate with a knife within striking range of him.

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