September 2013

Paedophile jailed for Hackney Downs sex attack

Peter Georgiades

A paedophile who molested a 13-year-old girl on her way to school has been jailed for almost four years.

Peter Georgiades made repeated sexual advances towards the teenager on April 18 before taking her by the arm and leading her into Hackney Downs Park where he attacked her.

The 50-year-old, of Della Path, Lower Clapton, threatened her with violence if she did not co-operate in the sex assault, at around 8.30am.


When the girl screamed for help Georgiades punched her in the face several times.

He fled when two 13-year-old boys, who heard the girl’s screams, ran to her aid. He was identified and arrested by police that afternoon.

Viewing CCTV footage detectives tracked Georgiades, who was wearing a distinctive jacket and a single leather glove, leaving his house, walking through Hackney and approaching the victim.

He was found guilty by a jury’s unanimous verdict after a two-day trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court last Wednesday.

Summing up, the judge described Georgiades as “disgusting” and “what every parent is terrified of”.

The seriousness of the offence was such that the judge felt normal sentencing guidelines for sexual assault were not harsh enough and the sentence was extended to 45 months’ imprisonment.

Det Con Karen Baillie said: “Residents can be safe in the knowledge that this violent and despicable man is no longer sharing the streets with them.

“Hackney is a safe place and this type of incident is thankfully quite rare. We will continue to make use of every available resource in order to remove sexual predators from the streets of Hackney.”

Eviction proceedings are under way to remove Georgiades from the area permanently.