August 2017

Croydon pastor who hit children with belts while shouting ‘Jesus’ at them is spared jail

A South Norwood pastor who blindfolded children, and hit them with belts and wires while shouting “Jesus”, has been spared jail.

Rose Amadasun would also violently shake the children when they made a noise and forced them to fast for a number of days at a time.

The detective who investigated the 49-year-old’s crimes said police came up against “resistance” from Amadasun’s congregation “as they closed ranks to protect their religious leader”.

Police were called after two members of the public reported that they had witnessed a woman hitting children with a belt.

The woman was identified as Amadasun, of Beauchamp Road, who was the pastor of a local ministry she had formed.

Officers spoke to the members of the public who said they had seen a group of children being assaulted by a woman with a belt who was shouting “Jesus” as she did so.

An investigation by detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command revealed that for a number of years Amadasun had been abusing children she came into contact with.

Police said Amadasun would “hit the youngsters with belts and wires; blindfold them before assaulting them; shake them when they made a noise; and force them to fast for a number of days at a time”.

On August 11, 2015, Amadasun was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm and on June 30, 2016 she was charged with five counts of child cruelty.

She subsequently appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on July 29 where she pleaded guilty to all five charges.

And on August 9, Amadasun was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court to 16 months’ imprisonment, which was suspended by the judge for 18 months.

Amadasun was also ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and take part in rehabilitation activities for up to 25 days.