A Sutton paedophile was sentenced today to 28 years behind bars for ‘horrendous’ multiple rapes and sexual assaults of four girls, some as young as seven, over almost two decades.
William Owusu-Akyeaw, 59, was convicted of seven offences of rape and five of indecent assault after an eight-day trial at Croydon Crown Court.
His crimes, committed betwen 1987 – 2004, were uncovered when one of his victims approached the police in April this year.
The judge directed that Owusu-Akyeaw should not be released until he has served at least two thirds of his sentence, or the whole term.
Officer in the case Detective Constable Corinne Turner of the South Regional Historical Abuse Team, said: “This man carried out a horrendous series of offences against young children over a number of years.
“Thankfully his victims told police what had happened to them during their childhood and the subsequent investigation brought this man to justice.
“I would like to pay particular tribute to this man’s victims who had the courage to speak police about the historic abuse they have suffered.”
The court heard that officers from the Met’s Sexual Offences Exploitation & Child Abuse Command began an investigation after the complaint from the first victim, and subsequently found three more victims.
All of the girls were known to Owusu-Akyeaw and were aged between seven and 16.