Pae­dophile jailed

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APHAR­MA­CIST was ex­posed as an evil pae­dophile when his long-term part­ner found hor­rific footage of him rap­ing a two-year-old girl he had ‘drugged’.

Manch­ester Crown Court heard that be­hind an ‘ed­u­cated and plau­si­ble’ fa­cade, evil Jeremy Oketch hid a ‘deeply un­nat­u­ral, twisted and ob­ses­sive sex­ual in­ter­est in very young chil­dren’.

Oketch, of Whalley Range, stud­ied phar­macy in Manch­ester be­fore be­ing em­ployed as an as­sis­tant at a branch of the Ever­est chain in the city.

He has now been jailed for 15 years and told he will not be re­leased un­til the pa­role board con­sider it safe to do so.

He will re­main on li­cence un­til 2038, af­ter ad­mit­ting two sex as­saults and two rapes, dat­ing back to De­cem­ber 2013.

Af­ter win­ning the trust of the child’s mother, he took Vi­a­gra and raped her when he was sup­posed to be look­ing af­ter her.

The footage of the attack was de­scribed as ‘ex­cep­tion­ally graphic’ by the judge.

The child’s eerily si­lent and ‘com­pli­ant’ de­meanour has sparked sus­pi­cion she was doped with drugs Oketch had ac­cess to from work.

Five months af­ter the De­cem­ber 2013 attack, Oketch asked to babysit the child again and sub­jected her to an even worse or­deal.

He then trans­ferred the footage to a hard drive as a sick tro­phy. On July 19 last year, weeks af­ter the sec­ond attack, his then part­ner made the shock­ing dis­cov­ery and called the po­lice.

Pros­e­cu­tor Iain Simkin said: “She stated in that call she had found video of her part­ner mo­lest­ing a child – she was dis­tressed and scared. She viewed the footage and at that point dis­cov­ered that the de­fen­dant had been abus­ing the lit­tle girl. She heard a voice say at one point, ‘I need to go to the toi­let’.”

View­ing the ‘grotesque’ and ‘hor­rific’ footage, which lasts 50 min­utes, was a ‘dif­fi­cult and dis­tress­ing ex­pe­ri­ence’ for even the ex­pe­ri­enced of­fi­cers in the case, the court heard.

Mr Simkin said pros­e­cu­tors had made ef­forts to see ‘whether it could be proved drugs had been ad­min­is­tered’ as a re­sult of how she ap­peared in the footage, but were un­able to prove it.

Re­morse­less Oketch, who the court heard had been ‘stressed’ by de­lays in his case, gave an ac­count of his be­hav­iour to pro­ba­tion of­fi­cers af­ter his guilty pleas, even telling them that he ‘didn’t need Vi­a­gra the sec­ond time’.

The child, who is not re­lated to Oketch, has shown signs of se­vere psy­cho­log­i­cal trauma.

Sen­tenc­ing, Judge Hi­lary Man­ley de­scribed Oketch’s be­hav­iour as ‘grotesque, lengthy, hor­rific, determined, cal­cu­lated, pro­longed and re­peated as­saults’.

“Most dis­turbingly of all it re­flects a very high level of con­trol by you over the child, and her sub­mis­sion”, the judge told him.

“Its dif­fi­cult to com­pre­hend how a child of ex­treme youth could re­main com­pli­ant - I’m told she is too young for tests to be car­ried out on her hair for the pres­ence of the drugs.

“Her al­most to­tal si­lence through­out all of this is the most marked and grotesque as­pect. You moved her around in dif­fer­ent po­si­tions as though she were a doll rather than a child.

“Your of­fence was only dis­cov­ered be­cause of sus­pi­cions of an en­tirely blame­less woman.”

Brand­ing him a dan­ger to the public, she added; “You have a deeply un­nat­u­ral, twisted and ob­ses­sive sex­ual in­ter­est in very young chil­dren.”

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