September 2002

Gang jailed for rape attacks

A “degenerate” gang who raped and attacked young girls they picked up in a town centre were jailed for a total of 17 years on Friday.

Tunde Akinselure, 19, Nester Soverall, 19, Sood Ahmed, 19 and Ramon Markins, 27, all from east London, carried out a “horrible catalogue” of crimes, the Old Bailey heard.

They picked out three 14-year-old girls and one 13-year-old in Ilford town centre in east London last summer.

The girls had gone there to shop and talk to boys, but instead they were taken off and made to perform “perverted acts”.

Akinselure raped one of the 14 year olds who had promised her grandmother she would be home by 6pm.

She turned up at 2am in a “dreadful state”, judge Henry Blacksell said.

He told the gang they had no respect for people and were “totally out of control”.

No respect

“Individually, you may be innocuous and hard working, but you were running round in a pack – cars, chasing girls, making up your own rules, intimidating, frightening, stealing,” said the judge.

“That is the problem, you showed no respect.”

Akinselure, who had previously served 30 months for violent disorder, was sentenced to six years for rape and four indecent assaults.

Soverall was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for rape, two indecent assaults and one theft.

Ahmed was sentenced to three years for three indecent assaults.

Markins was jailed for three years for indecent assault and indecency with a child.