Friday, December 18, 2020

Nigerian man jailed for r.a.p.i.n.g woman who mistook his car for pre-booked minicab

A security guard took a woman to a car park he was employed to patrol and raped her after she got into his vehicle believing it was her pre-booked taxi.

Nigeria's Sola Austin Warikwah, 39, has been jailed for the attack, which took place after the 25-year-old woman got into his car at Embankment, London early on 22 April 2019.

She mistakenly thought it was cab booked to take her home. Instead, Warikwah drove her to a multi-storey car park in Victoria where he r3ped her.

The building was one of the sites he was patrolling in central London at night as part of his job.

The woman managed to send messages to a friend which said: “I’ve been r3ped. I feel sick. This taxi won’t take me home. I’m scared.”

She managed to escape the vehicle and take pictures of the r3pist, and police used CCTV, phone and vehicle enquiries to identify Warikwah. He was arrested at his home two days after the r3pe.

Warikah, of St John’s, South East London, was jailed for seven years and given three years on top of that to serve on licence at Southwark Crown Court on 17 December.

He was given a s3xual harm prevention order and put on the s3x offenders register for life.

Detective Sergeant John Paton, of Westminster Sapphire Team in the Safeguarding Unit, said: “Sola Austin Warikwah is a predatory sex offender who targeted a vulnerable, unsuspecting woman travelling alone.

“Due to the courage and quick thinking of the victim, assistance from the public and the veracity of the investigation, a dangerous offender has been placed where he is no longer a threat to women.

“I sincerely hope that the sentence handed down today encourages other victims of sexual offences to come forward.”

The Met urged anyone who has been the victim of a s3x crime to report it as soon as possible.

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