August 2018

Woolwich teenager jailed for multiple child rapes

A Woolwich teenager has been jailed for 11 years for the rape of three girls.

Joel Ampadu, 19, of Tivoli Gardens, was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court

He was found guilty of five counts of rape of a girl under the age of 13 years, three counts of rape of a girl under the age of 16 years and one count of sexual assault of a girl under 13 years.

The court heard that Ampadu raped the first girl in 2012 when she was 13.

In 2015 Ampadu met the second victim, who was 12, in Maryon Park. He took her to a secluded spot and raped her.

He then raped her on a further four occasions, including in a car park in Creton Street, Woolwich.

He was also found guilty of sexually assaulting her.

In October 2016, he raped a 15-year-old girl in the stairwell of a block of flats and at his home address, filming the incident on his phone.

He will be required to register as a sex offender for life