July 2017

Preacher who raped 5-year-old girl has his jail sentence increased

A Thornton Heath preacher who groomed and then raped a schoolgirl in Croydon and claimed her relatives would die if she told anyone – has had his prison term increased by five years.

On April 28, Jerry Ablorh – who gave his five-year-old victim presents to win her trust – was jailed for 13 years at Croydon Crown Court after a jury convicted him of rape and two counts of assault by penetration.

But at London’s Appeal Court this morning (Tuesday, July 11) three judges ruled that Ablorh’s punishment was “unduly lenient” – and increased the sentence to 18 years.

The 41-year-old pervert, who preached at a south London church, warned his young victim that if she revealed the abuse to anyone “a person from her family would die”.

The court heard that when the victim finally summoned the courage to tell her mum about her ordeal, she asked: “Will you die if I tell you this?”

Ablorh, of Bensham Lane, Thornton Heath, went by a number of different names and nicknames – including styling himself as “Uncle John”.

Lord Justice Treacy, sitting with Mrs Justice Russell and Judge Deborah Taylor, said he had “used his Church connections” to win his victim’s trust.

The “gravity of his conduct” deserved a much tougher sentence than 13 years, he ruled.

He added that Ablorh had exploited his position as a preacher to abuse his victim.

The case had been referred to the court by the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright MP, who argued the original sentence was far too lenient.

As a sex offender of particular concern, Ablorh will also serve an extra year on licence after his release.

April 2017

Man who raped five-year-old girl jailed for 13 years

A man who raped a five-year-old girl and said her mum would die if she told anyone has been jailed for 13 years.

Police believe Jerry Ablorh, 41, from Thornton Heath, may have more victims who have not come forward.

He was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on Friday, after being found guilty of rape and two counts of sexual assault by penetration.

His young victim “sobbed throughout” as she relived her ordeal in court, police said.

Detectives believe Ablorh knew an investigation against him had been launched and “went to ground”.

Several raids at addresses linked to him were unsuccessful, however he was eventually detained after being spotted outside a church in Croydon on New Year’s Eve.

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