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Chatham rapist arrested 12 year after leaving country

UK border at Heathrow Airport. Photo: © dannyman (Wikimedia Commons)
UK border at Heathrow Airport. Photo: © dannyman (Wikimedia Commons)

A rapist from Chatham has admitted four offences following his arrest at Heathrow Airport, 12 years after he failed to attend a trial.

Onimisi Seidu was detained at Heathrow Airport on 24th March after an immigration officer became suspicious of his behaviour.

The 47-year-old, of no fixed address, was subsequently identified as an outstanding suspect who failed to attend a trial in 2007, having been charged with four counts of rape on a child.

The offences were committed between 2002 and 2006.

Seidu appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on 1st April. At the hearing he pleaded guilty to four counts of rape and he was remanded in custody. He will appear for sentence at Maidstone Crown Court on 10th May. 

Detective Constable Ally Smith, Kent Police’s investigating officer for the case, said: “The victim has had to wait a huge amount of time for justice and I am pleased that we have finally been able to secure it.

“The offences Seidu committed were horrendous and traumatising for the victim. He is now safely in custody where he is unable to cause further harm.”