June 2009

Sex attacker jailed for 12 years

A “dangerous sexual predator” has been jailed for 12 years for the “cruel and degrading” rape of a teenager and several assaults in Aberdeen.

Ekene Anoliefo – the son of a Nigerian politician – was found guilty.

Lord Pentland said: “You are, in my judgement, a dangerous and determined sexual predator who has not the slightest respect for women.”

Passing sentence at the High Court in Edinburgh, the judge said he had to reflect society’s abhorrence.

Anoliefo listened through an interpreter as defence QC Donald MacLeod told how he had brought shame on his wealthy family.

His father is a politician in his local state parliament, the court heard, and had paid for Anoliefo to come to Scotland to study computer technology to prepare him for a career in the Nigerian oil industry.

Mr MacLeod also told the court that Anoliefo still maintained he was innocent although a jury had found him guilty.

Lord Pentland said: “You stand convicted of a series of incidents involving the assault, molestation and harassment of six separate women and a female child in the streets of Aberdeen over a period extending from the autumn of 2007 to the summer of 2008.

“In addition to these serious offences, you have been convicted of the cruel and degrading rape of a young woman whom you detained against her will in your car after you had pretended to help her late at night.

“The sentence I impose must reflect the abhorrence that society feels towards persons like you who prey on women in this way and who are willing to resort to violence and rape for their own sexual gratification.”

Deportation order

He added: “I note that you have not, at any stage, expressed the slightest degree of remorse or empathy for your victims.”

The judge said he would also recommend a deportation order due to the gravity of the crimes.

Grampian Police Det Sgt Neil Kennedy, the officer in charge of the investigation, said: “This sentence sends a clear message to those prepared to commit these appalling and cowardly crimes.

“The witnesses in this case behaved with great courage after being traumatised by these crimes.

“They will take comfort from the fact that he will be deported at the end of his sentence.”