March 2012

Jailed for attempted rape: Taxi driver Azuka Oluh gave schoolgirl £5 ‘hush money’

CHURCH volunteer Azuka Oluh was today starting a lengthy prison sentence after attempting to rape a schoolgirl.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday heard the 35-year-old married father-of-one stopped his taxi after seeing the girl at a bus stop.

The girl got in, believing he was going to take her to school. But he drove to his home in St George’s Avenue, Burslem, where he attempted to rape her.

Prosecutor David Bennett said: “She continually asked him to take her to school. He kissed her mouth. She pulled away, saying she had to go to school.

“The defendant told her he would look after her and give her things.”

The court heard he led the schoolgirl to his bedroom and began touching her and removed clothing. He stopped when she said she was a virgin.

“He got dressed and took her to school,” said Mr Bennett.

“He gave her £5 and told her not to tell anyone. He offered to give her more money.”

The girl went to a friend’s house and the police were contacted. A used condom was recovered. His DNA was found on swabs taken from the victim.

Oluh, a Nigerian national, pleaded guilty to attempted rape.

Mark Connor, mitigating, said: “It was an attempt. He asked her if she was a virgin and he stopped. He realised what he was doing was wrong and he stopped.

“He did not go through with it and it was his decision not to go through with it.”

Mr Connor added that Oluh was extremely sorry for his actions.

Judge Paul Glenn sentenced Oluh to five years and four months in prison with an extended licence period of four years.

The defendant will be on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely and was disqualified from working with children indefinitely.

Judge Glenn said Oluh was a dangerous man. He said: “Your victim was a schoolchild going to school. Instead of taking her to school you took her to your home address, against her express wishes.

“You pushed her upstairs. She tried to push you off without success.

“You gave her £5. That was hush money. She was highly distressed.

“You have admitted being sexually attracted to adolescent girls.

“Your conduct was quite persistent, calculated and deliberate.

“I take the view you meet the criteria of a dangerous offender.”