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A man has been sentenced to thirteen and a half years in prison after he pushed a 12-year-old girl into a bush and twice raped it after attending a church service.
Kofi Prempeh, 28, was no stranger to the girl he assaulted in a dark park on Leighton Street in West Croydon on August 4, 2018 as he drove her home from a party at a nearby church.
Prempeh, born in Wide Way, Mitcham, Ghana, pleaded guilty to two counts of raping the girl three days into the trial.
Church party guest, 28, jailed for 13 years after he pushed 12-year-old into bush and raped her: Kofi Prempeh, 28, was not a stranger to the girl who he attacked in a dark park near Leighton Street, West Croydon, while walking her home from the party at… https://t.co/mzeCvv8X4n pic.twitter.com/1VDn0ScdyL
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Croydon Crown Court heard that Prempeh claimed he did not know the victim’s age at the time, but his application was denied by prosecutors.
Prosecutor Nicola Merrick told the court on Friday (August 12): “When he became engaged to her, he knew she was a 12-year-old girl.”
The victim had attended a church festival alone. The court heard her family believed she would be safe with other believers she knew.
“She went to a party that was being held in a church hall that the defendant was also attending and stayed longer than her mother agreed,” Miss Merrick said.
“The defendant left the party with her around 10pm and arrived at her home address around midnight, a journey that would normally take twenty minutes. The path he took with her led through the park. It was dark.
“He warned her not to tell her mother or anyone else what she did.
“There was a party that night attended by the congregation, and the girl’s mother thought members of the church were keeping an eye on her daughter.
“She was outside the church when the accused came out and spoke to her while holding a bottle of beer which she had mistook for Guinness. She thinks he tried to convince her not to go home, and as she walked through the park, he was next. to her”.
Prosecutors said Prempeh then attacked the victim, who yelled at him to leave her alone.
“He said, ‘Stop it, stop it. There are people who can see you, but that didn’t seem to discourage him.
“She was crying and he could see she was upset and told her to stop. She couldn’t help it and he yelled, “Don’t cry anymore.”
“The applicant called her mother and told her she was fine and the defendant continued to tell the girl not to tell anyone what he had done to her and that it would be bad for her.
“The defendant said to her, ‘If I find out that you said something to someone, there will be trouble.’
The girl confided in a family member three months later.
Prempeh was arrested three months later and denied the rape. He admitted his guilt after the trial had begun and his victim had been testified and questioned.
John Hunter, defending himself, said there was no point in subjecting his client to a sexual harm prevention order after his release.
“There is definitely a possibility that he will be expelled,” he said.
“He expressed the shame he feels on a daily basis, and during the detention period he realized how inappropriate his behavior was and wondered if it was worth continuing.
“The impact on him had a significant impact. It wasn’t planned in any way, it was opportunistic and something he bitterly regrets and will do for the rest of his life.
“She wasn’t dragged into the bushes or anything, and she’s not entirely reliable in her statements. There were signs that she accepted what had happened and wanted it to happen.”
However, Judge Elizabeth Smaller questioned that, saying, “Well, according to her evidence, that’s what happened, and to say otherwise isn’t doing your client a great favor.”
Speaking to Prempeh, she said: ‘Your lawyer’s suggestions are somewhat anachronistic to me. I do not accept these requests or that this girl suggested that these actions should take place.’
He later told Prempeh, “It’s hard to understand how you can go from an unprecedented young police officer to raping a child. It was a significant level of violence in a public park late at night.
“She went through a period of fear of being pregnant and that must have contributed to the terror this young girl felt and said not a day goes by that what you’ve done doesn’t affect her life, and she is still in consultation.
“I think it poses a danger to young women and you have to protect the public from you.”
Judge Smaller sentenced him to thirteen and a half years in prison and extended the term of his license to four years after his release.
He has also been ordered to go on the sex offender registry indefinitely and his name is blacklisted, which prohibits working with children and vulnerable adults.