Bad news for man who raped 13-year-old girl in UK and fled to Jamaica

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A 59-year-old man who was extradited from Jamaica has been sentenced in the UK for historic rapes and sexual assaults.

Leon Eastwood, formerly of South Norwood, was found guilty on 18th August, after a trial at the Old Bailey.

He was convicted of two counts of raping a female under 13 and three counts of sexually assaulting two females under 13.

He committed the offences over a period from 1978 to 1993 in the Lambeth area.

Eastwood was sentenced to a total of 17 years' imprisonment and placed on the sex offender’s register indefinitely.

Detectives from the Met's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command launched an investigation in 2005 after they were informed of the historic crimes.

Detective Constable Simon Wermig, of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: "This conviction sends out a very strong and positive message to Londoners that those who commit serious offences will be brought to justice without the passing of time being a barrier.

"I am very pleased that Eastwood has been put away for such a long time. He is a danger to the public and the sentence the Judge has handed down fits the horrific crimes he committed.

"I would like to pay tribute to the bravery of the victims who found the strength to give evidence in court. No victim of sexual assault or rape should feel alone or unheard and we hope that today's result will encourage further victims to come forward and speak to us directly or via associated charities.”