Man arrested for rape of girl, 12

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LONDON, Saico Djop, 24, of Dalston Lane, Hackney, was jailed for a total of nine years at Wood Green Crown Court on Monday, 29 November after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to rape, attempted rape of a girl aged under 13, sexual touching and possession/control of identity documents with intent.

He was also issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely and will be placed on the sex offender’s register indefinitely.

In September 2021 the victim, who is aged in her mid-teens and is known to Djop, attended an east hospital after feeling unwell. She disclosed that she had been raped by Djop on multiple occasions since she was 12 years old.

Police were informed and in a statement taken the next day the victim described how the abuse would take place in secret and Djop would often threaten her to get her to do what he wanted.

Djop was arrested later the same day at the Eurostar terminal in London after authorities found him in possession of an identity document in someone else’s name. He had intended to flee to Portugal.

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Detective Constable Natasha Malone, Central East Child Abuse Investigation Team, said: “Djop’s abuse was calculated and evil. He would control the victim’s access to food, money and clothing, leaving her desperate and at his mercy, all to satisfy his own sexual desires.

“The bravery the victim has shown is nothing short of incredible. Her courage in disclosing what was happening, through to supporting us through our investigation, has led to the man who abused her brought to justice.

“I urge any victims of sexual offences to contact us. We will listen to you, we will investigate, and we’ll do everything in our power to put offenders behind bars.”