Opemipo Jaji: Alleged schoolgirl rapist 'attacked before'

A teenager accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in a park had attacked another schoolgirl a year before, a court has been told.

Opemipo Jaji, 18, admitted sexually assaulting and robbing the girl in 2011, the Old Bailey heard.

He is on trial accused of raping a girl after following her home from school on a bus and dragging her into a park in Enfield, north London, last November.

Mr Jaji, of Edmonton, denies rape.

He followed the girl, dragged her into Jubilee Park and subjected her to a three-hour ordeal, the Old Bailey heard.

Her glove had been stuffed in her mouth and she had been stripped and assaulted.

DNA in park

The girl ran home dishevelled and bleeding and later underwent surgery for her injuries, the court heard.

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Mr Jaji said he was not the attacker, although he was on the same bus.

He claimed her DNA found on his bag, trainer shoe and the waistband of his boxer shorts was from when he went into the park later that evening, the jury heard.

But Rosina Cottage, QC, prosecuting, said it was "not a coincidence" that Mr Jaji had sexually assaulted and robbed a girl before.

Miss Cottage said a tie had been placed in that girl's mouth by Mr Jaji.

She added: "He had an interest in pre-pubescent girls and sexual acts with pre-pubescent girls."

Mr Jaji had been arrested a few days later after CCTV was viewed, and his bedroom searched.

A book about a little girl being sexually assaulted was found, along with adverts for child care vacancies and a picture of a little girl in Australia marked FC - a possible reference to Facebook, the court heard.

There was also an article about missing schoolgirl April Jones.

'Dishevelled and panicky'

The court was told the alleged victim had caught a bus in Enfield Town with her friend at 16:30 GMT.

Miss Cottage said: "She got on the bus with her friend and they were giggling and chatting.

"Also on the bus was a young male, the defendant. He watched her get off the bus and followed her.

"He dragged her into a local park in the dark and raped her. She ran home bleeding and injured. Her blood and DNA were found on his clothes and bag."

Miss Cottage said the girl had been expected home by 17:00 GMT and her parents rang police by 17:30 after she failed to turn up.

The girl appeared at 20:00 "dishevelled, dirty and panicky".

"She had a crop-top bra in her hand and said she had been attacked," Miss Cottage said.

The girl said her attacker "had kept making fists and cracking his knuckles".

She said when they were in the park, he kept asking for her phone - which she did not have - her Oyster travel card and her keys.

At one point, he threatened to stab her if she moved and caught her when she tried to run away, the jury was told.

He had also threatened to film her and send copies to children at her school, she said.

The trial was adjourned until Thursday.

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