Rapist sentenced to 14-and-a-half years in prison

LOCKED UP Adetokunbo Ibimidun
LOCKED UP Adetokunbo Ibimidun
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A SEX attacker who repeatedly raped a woman over a period of more than four years has been jailed.

Adetokunbo Ibimidun, 44, was sentenced to 14-and-a-half years behind bars at Portsmouth Crown Court for a string of crimes.

The court heard Ibimidun raped his victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on multiple occasions between January 2008 and May 2012.

He indecently assaulted a woman in Paulsgrove Park in Allaway Avenue, Portsmouth, in 2012 in a separate attack.

The court heard he met the woman on a bus and arranged to meet her at the park where he then attacked her.

Ibimidun, of Austin Court, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth, had denied four counts of rape relating to one victim – one of which is a charge relating to multiple incidents.

Ibimidun also denied one count of indecently assaulting his second victim.

But he was found guilty of all counts following a Portsmouth Crown Court trial.

Ibimidun also admitted one count of evading a prohibition restriction on 90,000 cigarettes worth £19,401.42 he brought into the UK via Heathrow Airport from Lagos, Nigeria in September 2008.

He pleaded guilty to the offence on an accepted basis that he needed them for a research project.

Ibimidun admitted failing to surrender by not attending his trial at Isleworth Court in London in 2009.

Both crimes came to light when he was arrested on suspicion of the sex offences.

Ibimidun, who is a Nigerian national and has no right to be in the UK, is set to be deported.

Judge Roger Hetherington, sentencing, said of the rape victim: ‘It was repeated rape of the same victim over a course of time.’

Speaking about the impact on the second victim, Judge Hetherington said: ‘She has been left scared and lacking in confidence with an overall fear of men generally and little confidence and trust in people and having to endure panic attacks.’