A security guard has been jailed for 25 years after he lured a woman to his flat, drugged her cup of tea and raped her while she was unconscious.
Kwame Boakye, 53, raped the woman and a second victim at his home in Evelyn Street, Deptford, by using his influence in the Ghanaian community to befriend them. He persuaded his first victim to come to his home, by saying that he could help her find work, Woolwich Crown Court heard.
But when she arrived, he drugged her cup of tea before raping her, jurors were told. He was arrested on suspicion of rape the following month but denied attacking the woman – saying he was impotent.
Whilst on bail, he raped a second Ghanaian woman who he also lured to his home by pretending he was a clothes trader in Ghana.
He then “carried out a campaign of intimidation and threats” to repeatedly coerce the woman into returning to his flat over a series of weeks so he could rape her, police said.
He was eventually charged with three counts of rape in relation to his two victims, which he denied, but was jailed today after a trial.
Detective Constable Chris Hammond and Detective Constable Liz McAvoy, who led the investigation for the Met’s Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, issued a joint statement after Boakye was sentenced today.
They urged Boakye’s other potential victims to speak to them as they described him as a “dangerous, calculating and predatory rapist.”
They said: “Kwame Boakye used his position of influence in the Ghanaian community to befriend his victims and gain their trust. He then used this trust to lure them to his flat where he attacked them.
“We would like to thank his victims for their bravery in reporting him to police and providing their evidence in court.
“The Met is committed to supporting victims of sexual assault and bringing their attackers to justice. We would encourage any further victims of Boakye to come forward in the knowledge that they would be fully supported.” The Standard
Source: The General Telegraph
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