A man who raped a 12-year-old girl in a disgusting attack after offering to walk her home from a church party that they had both attended has been jailed for 13 and a half years.
28-year-old Kofi Prempeh attacked the young girl in a park near Leighton Street in West Croydon as they both walked home from a church party on August 4, 2018.
Paeodophile Prempeh, of Wide Way, Mitcham, pleaded guilty to two counts of rape on the third day of his trial. The victim had attended the event on her own, with her family believing she would be safe with her fellow church-goers, but coming home much later than agreed.
Prempeh walked the 12-year-old home after they left the party at 10pm, but on the way he took her through a dark park where he horrifically raped her while she was screaming at him to leave her alone.
He then threatened the victim that she would be in big trouble if she was to tell anyone what he had done to her.
It took three months for the victim to garner the confidence to tell a family member what he had done to her, resulting in him being quickly arrested.
Initially, Prempeh denied both charges of rape at Croydon Crown Court before changing his plea to guilty on day three. He told the court how he did not know how old the victim was at the time of the attack, a claim that was dismissed by the prosecution.
The court heard how the young victim was undergoing counselling after spending a period of time believing she may have been pregnant after the attack.
Judge Elizabeth Smaller said that Kofi Prempeh posed a significant risk to young females and said it was necessary to keep him away from the public.
Prempeh was jailed for thirteen-and-a-half years for the attack and placed on extended licence for four years. He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders' register indefinitely and has been banned from ever working with vulnerable adults or children.