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Man jailed following rape in south London

News   •   Nov 15, 2019 15:17 GMT

[Jailed: Michael Nwachukwu]

A man has been sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment after raping a woman in Lewisham. 

Michael Nwachukwu, 29 (17.05.90) of Canadian Avenue, SE6, was jailed at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday, 15 November for the following offences:

- Two counts of rape of a woman 16 years of age or over – sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment and eight years’ extended licence;
- Two counts of actual bodily harm – sentenced to six months’ imprisonment (to run concurrently).

Nwachukwu was found guilty of all these offences on Tuesday, 13 August following a five-day trial at the same court.

The court heard that Nwachukwu raped the victim [Victim One], a woman aged in her 20s, at Winslade Way, SE6 at around 22:15hrs on 15 October 2018. He had met her friend [Victim Two] a few days before the attack. 

On the day of the attack, the friends went to an alleyway to meet with Nwachukwu. On arrival, Nwachukwu was described as acting strangely and he suddenly, without warning, attacked Victim Two with a glass bottle, striking her on the head. She ran away from the scene and called police.

In the meantime, Nwachukwu attacked Victim One with the same glass bottle and punched her around the head and face. He then raped her.

Officers arrived at the scene and immediately detained Nwachukwu.

Both women were taken by the London Ambulance Service to a south London hospital.

Detective Constable Dean Young, of the South East Safeguarding Unit, said: “Nwachukwu is a predatory and dangerous man and I am glad he will now spend a considerable amount of time in jail.

“I would like to praise the women for their courage in both reporting this to police and supporting this prosecution. I can only hope that Nwachukwu’s conviction and sentencing brings some closure to both women.”