Jerry Ablorh has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for rape

Police fear for possible victims as Croydon man sentenced for rape of five-year-old girl

A man who raped a five-year-old girl in Croydon has been jailed for 13 years.

Jerry Ablorh, 41 , of Bensham Grove, Thornton Heath, was sentenced today at Croydon Crown Court having previously been found guilty of rape and two counts of sexual assault by penetration.

Investigating officer PC Laura Davis, from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “Ablorh’s crimes were despicable.

“He singled out the victim before launching his attack.

“It was clearly the most horrible and terrifying experience for her, a girl of just five years old.

“There is every chance Ablorh has abused more children who have yet to come forward.

“We would appeal for anyone with information to contact us in confidence.”

Jerry Ablorh has been sentenced to 13 years in prison

Police have appealed for any more victims to come forward

He attacked the girl at his former home in Collyer Avenue, Croydon between January and December 2014.

The court heard that Ablorh had befriended the victim and her mother and worked hard to build up their trust.

He looked after the victim to help out her mother and took her to the park, sending photos to reassure her mum everything was okay.

He got the victim to refer to him as ‘Uncle John’ and also gave her mum a false name of ‘Eugene’.

Ablorh took the victim to his home – an outhouse he was renting in a garden in Collyer Avenue, Croydon – where he raped her. He said her mother would die if she told anyone.

Two years passed and Ablorh drifted out of the family’s life before the victim managed to tell her mum what had happened.

The matter was reported to police in October 2016 and the victim was interviewed by trained officers.

Ablorh went to ground, with police believing he knew officers were looking for him.

The manhunt team from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command joined the hunt for him but to no avail.

Ablorh was eventually seen on New Year’s Eve outside a church in Croydon and police were called.

In interview he denied any wrong-doing but was charged with two counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault by penetration.

He stood trial, with the victim having to give evidence via live video link.

The jury found Ablorh guilty of three offences and acquitted him of two.

Officers can be contacted on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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