March 2007

Serial sex offender attacked Leeds girl

A SERIAL sex offender who attacked a teenager from Leeds has been locked up indefinitely.

Alindon Campbell was branded a “predator” after being found guilty of sexually assaulting the 15-year-old in a south London tower block’s stairwell.

Blackfriars Crown Court heard that 6ft 7inch Campbell, along with several other men, approached the teenager and her 14-year-old friend, last August.

The two girls were visiting London during the school holidays.

Campbell, 20, of Canadian Avenue, Catford, cornered his victim in the stairwell and forced her to perform a sex act on him.

Sentencing Campbell to an indeterminate sentence for public protection, Judge Aiden Marron told him he must serve at least two-and-a-half years before being able to apply for parole.

Serious Judge Marron said: “You threatened a girl and to her credit she resisted at first but you obtained your sexual demand, pushing her around under threat of serious violence from you and two more of your friends.

“I consider your behaviour to be predatory.

“You’ve contested this matter before a jury. You’ve shown not a morsel of remorse. You have apparently no regret about your earlier sexual activity with innocent girls.” Campbell was jailed for five years at the Old Bailey in 2002 for raping an underage girl. This latest offence was committed two months after his release.

He also has convictions for four indecent assaults and one rape on two different girls aged under 16 in 2002.

Mike Conning, for Campbell, said: “It seems he’s been involved with sexual intimacy from quite a young age when his emotional maturity was insufficient for the activities.

“The Crown have characterised him as being a threat to young and vulnerable women but he was a child at the time when the original offence took place in 2002. It was a situation where he was not much older than those he offended against.”