This is the smirking sex offender who raped one 17-year-old woman and tried to attack another at knife point. Oluwadamilare Baiyewu, 22, who posed as a church volunteer to mask his sexual depravity, was today jailed for 24 years for the horrific assaults.
He was described as a 'dangerous, calculating and predatory rapist' who created the image he was the 'pillar of the community' by helping out at the church. The court heard how Baiyewu, from Fairlawn in Greenwich, first grabbed a 17-year-old at knife point on December 2, but she managed to break free and escape.
A week later, in the same area of Binsey Walk, Thamesmead, he grabbed a victim, also 17, as she got off the bus at 7pm. He put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her before marching her into a bin storage area under a walkway. He then raped her in a secluded area. Baiyewu was tracked down after DNA linking him to the attacks was recovered.
He was arrested on December 16, and was placed on an identity parade where he was picked out by the victim whom he had attempted to rape. He was today sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court to 24 years in prison. He will serve a minimum of 16 years in prison and will then be on license for eight years.
Detective Constable Chris Hammond of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command said: 'Oluwadamilare Baiyewu is a dangerous, calculating, predatory rapist.
'He volunteered at a local church, creating the image that he was a pillar of the community, which I believe was an attempt to mask his true nature as a sexual predator.
'I would like to praise his victims for having the strength to come forward to police and give their evidence in court.
'The streets of Thamesmead are now a safer place without the presence of Baiyewu.'
Det Con Hammond added: 'Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, Baiyewu refused to accept his guilt. He manipulated the legal system to cause two trials to be adjourned which caused both victims further distress.
'I would like to thank the two victims in this case who maintained their commitment to the prosecution despite Baiyewu's deliberate attempts to prolong proceedings.
'Thankfully their will to see Baiyewu pay for his crimes enabled the trial to proceed at the third attempt and Baiyewu was rightly convicted of all charges.'
Officers are appealing to anyone else who feels they may have been a victim of Oluwadamilare Baiyewu to contact them via 101. Any calls will be dealt with sensitively and in confidence.