A man who raped a 13-year-old schoolgirl after persuading her to go back to his flat has been jailed.
Fortune Aragua was given an eight-year prison sentence at court on Tuesday (October 17) and will also be made to sign the Sex Offender Register for life.
The 25-year-old was convicted at Inner London Crown Court on August 10 of rape, attempted rape and the sexual assault of the young teenager.
Police said Aragua, of Paradise Road in Stockwell and who also uses the alias Izevbigie Sylvester, was a “dangerous sexual predator” who used the “vulnerable young girl for his own satisfaction”.
The victim had returned to her home with a friend after school on February 10 when they decided to go to the shops.
She left to return home on her own, but along the way was approached in Paradise Road by Aragua, who she did not know.
She was still wearing her school uniform at the time.
He asked her for contact details and though she repeatedly told him she was only 13, he persuaded her to return back to his flat.
Once inside he locked the door and offered his victim a drink, which she declined.
He then started kissing the child but was interrupted when his landlady returned home.
Panicked, he locked the 13-year-old in his bedroom until the landlady left.
Aragua then went back to his bedroom where he then sexually assaulted the victim.
Despite her protests, he did not stop and then raped her, before releasing her.
The schoolgirl returned home and was noticed looking distressed by her mother.
After hearing what had happened the mum went to Aragua’s flat and detained him until police arrived and arrested him.
He was charged on February 12.
Throughout the trial, Aragua denied raping and sexually assaulting the victim, claiming he had only ever seen the victim shortly before he was arrested when she appeared to be unwell outside his block of flats.
He offered his assistance before returning home alone, he said.
But the victim’s DNA was found on Aragua and his clothing, including inside his boxer shorts, and a jury found him guilty.
'He took advantage of a vulnerable young girl'
After his sentencing, at Wood green Crown Court, investigating officer DC Gregg Nicol, from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, said: “I am pleased with this sentence which reflects the seriousness of Aragua’s crimes.
“Aragua is a dangerous sexual predator who targeted and took advantage of a vulnerable young girl for his own satisfaction.
“I would like to praise the victim for her bravery and courage in reporting this heinous crime to the police and for giving evidence at court which ensured Aragua was brought to justice.
“I hope this sentence will give her some measure of comfort and closure.”
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