Jerry Ablorh, 41, befriended the little girl’s mum using a false name then denied his crimes – forcing the victim to relive her ordeal in court.
By: JOSHUA TAYLOR 28 APR 2017
(Photo: Met Police)
A rapist told his five-year-old victim her mum would die if she told anyone about his sick crimes.
Jerry Ablorh, 41, who made his victim call him ‘Uncle John’, was found guilty of rape and two counts of sexual assault by penetration.
He has been jailed for 13 years for his “despicable” crimes.
The Met Police said Ablorh befriended the victim and her mum as he “built up their trust”.
He took the five-year-old girl to the park and sent photos to her mum to reassure her that everything was OK.
Ablorh told the girl to call him ‘Uncle John’ and gave her mum a false name of ‘Eugene’.
He took the victim to his home – an outhouse he was renting in a garden in Croydon, south London – where he raped her.
The sex offender told the little girl her mother would die if she told anyone, according to police.
Two years passed and Ablorh drifted out of the family’s life before the victim managed to tell her mum what had happened.
The crimes were reported to police and the victim was interviewed by specialist officers.
She sobbed throughout as she relived her ordeal and told them about being raped as well as further offences of sexual assault.
A major manhunt was launched to find Ablorh, who had ‘gone to ground’ after the crimes were reported.
He was was eventually seen on New Year’s Eve outside a church in Croydon and police were called.
In interview he denied any wrongdoing but was charged with two counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault by penetration.
He stood trial so the victim, now eight, had to give evidence via live video link.
The jury at Croydon Crown Court found Ablorh guilty of three offences and acquitted him of two.
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Investigating officer PC Laura Davis, from the sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, said: “Ablorh’s crimes were despicable.
“He singled out the victim before launching his attack. It was clearly the most horrible and terrifying experience for her, a girl of just five years old.
“There is every chance Ablorh has abused more children who have yet to come forward.
“We would appeal for anyone with information to contact us in confidence.”
Officers can be contacted on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.