Men sentenced as part of Operation Sanctuary

05 Aug 2014 15:25 PM

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Moses Ologbenla

Moses Ologbenla

Hafeez Cole Oye-Dada

Hafeez Cole Oye-Dada

Two men have been sentenced as part of the forcewide Operation Sanctuary.

Hafeez Cole Oye-Dada, 44, of Hampstead Road, Newcastle has been sentenced to 10-years in jail for rape.

Moses Ologbenla, 31, of Ellesmere Road, Newcastle, has been sentenced to 6-years in jailĀ for sexual activity with a girl under 16.

Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Winton Keenen said:

"We are pleased the court has recognised the dreadful crimes these two men have committed. They will have time to reflect on their abhorrent actions while behind bars.

"They targeted their victims, knowing they were underage and preyed on their vulnerabilities.

"This was with the intention of luring them into a false sense of security so they could sexually assault and rape them, all while under the influence of significant amounts of alcohol, which they supplied.

"I commend the girls' courage in coming forward. I sincerely hope they can move on with their lives in the knowledge that these men will not pose a threat to other vulnerable girls and women in the foreseeable future.

"The case forms part of Operation Sanctuary, Northumbria Police's wide-ranging investigation into allegations of sexual crimes against women and girls who are vulnerable in some way.

"The investigation will continue over the months to come until we are convinced we have left no stone unturned and have taken action against any offender.

"Today's verdict should encourage victims to come forward and trust that we will take them seriously, investigate thoroughly and support them throughout the legal process.

"There is absolutely no place in our communities for this behaviour and the convictions today should be a clear message to those who abuse women and young girls that we will bring them to justice."

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