A Nigerian, Daniel Awofisan found guilty of aggravated burglary and sexual assault in Greenwich has been jailed today, Friday 3 June, for over 12 years.
Daniel Awofisan, 23, of Peareswood Road, Erith was found guilty at the Inner London Crown Court.
Awofisan was jailed for ten years for the aggravated burglary and two years, to run consecutively, for the sexual assault. He will remain on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.
On 1 July 2015, the husband and wife victims – both aged in their 70s – were at home in Bushmoor Crescent, SE18 when two men dressed in brown uniforms knocked at the door. Once the male victim opened the door, he was immediately grabbed and a knife was put to his throat. The robbers demanded that the man open his safe – although there was no safe at the address – and the man was taken upstairs at knifepoint where threats to kill were made. Although the man was not stabbed, he sustained a bruised eye and cuts to his face.
The female victim was held at knifepoint downstairs, where threats to kill were made. One of the men, later identified as Awofisan ripped off her upper clothing and forced her to the floor, crouching over her. The two men ran from the scene, before calling a minicab to make their escape. Officers from the Greenwich Serious and Acquisitive Crime Unit attended the scene, and an investigation commenced.
Just one day after the burglary, bank loan and credit card applications started to be made using the couple’s details. Subsequent police inquiries linked these acts of fraud with Daniel Awofisan. On 14 August 2015, officers executed a search warrant at Awofisan’s home address where they found credit and debit cards, a driving licence and a chequebook stolen in the burglary on 1 July. Awofisan was arrested on 15 August 2015 and charged that evening.
In addition to the aggravated burglary and sexual assault charges, Daniel Awofisan also pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing articles for use in fraud and five counts of fraud by false representation as a result of loan and credit card applications made following the burglary. No money was obtained from the fraud. He was sentenced to six months each for the seven frauds, to run concurrently. Awofisan was also sentenced to a further four months’ consecutive imprisonment for a burglary he committed two days prior to the aggravated burglary on 28 June 2015, where he stole £150 from Ladbrokes Bookmakers in the Broadway, Bexleyheath, after he lost a substantial amount of money in a fixed odds gaming machine.
Detective Constable Andrew Payne from Greenwich Borough Violent and Organised Crime Unit said:
“The elderly victims were subjected to horrific violence and degradation, in what was an isolated and pre-planned attack. “Daniel Awofisan has shown no remorse for his actions. He chose not to give evidence at his trial to account for the overwhelming evidence against him. The jury have convicted Daniel Awofisan on the complex evidence gathered by the enquiry team. “I want to praise the victims in this case, who have shown immense bravery in providing key evidence, thus securing this conviction. “This significant sentence of more than 12 years reflects the seriousness of the offences, and has ensured a dangerous predatory offender will be in prison for a substantial period of time.”
Enquiries continue to bring the second offender to justice.
DC Payne said: “The investigation will not stop, We have released an e-fit of a man I am keen to speak with in connection with the attack, A £10,000 reward for any information that leads to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the people responsible for the aggravated burglary is also being offered. “I would ask anyone who has any information about the offence or knows who the man in the e-fit to get in contact with me or call Crimestoppers anonymously.”