Baiyewu who resides in Fairlawn in Greenwich, first grabbed a 17-year-old girl at knife point on December 2nd, but she managed to break free and escaped.
A week later, in the same area of Binsey Walk, Thamesmead, he grabbed another victim, also 17, as she got off the bus at 7pm. He put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her before marching her into a bin storage area under a walkway. He then raped her in a secluded area. He was tracked down after DNA on the semen found on the young lady was linked to him. He was arrested on December 16, and was placed on an identity parade where he was picked out by the victim whom he had attempted to rape.
He will serve a minimum of 16 years in prison and will then be on license for eight years .
Detective Constable Chris Hammond of the Sexual Offences,Exploitation and Child Abuse Command while speaking on his conviction said:
‘Oluwadamilare Baiyewu is a dangerous, calculating, predatory rapist. He volunteered at a local church, creating the image that he was a pillar of the community, which I believe was an attempt to mask his true nature as a sexual predator. I would like to praise his victims for having the strength to come forward to police and give their evidence in court. The streets of Thamesmead are now a safer place without the presence of Baiyewu. Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, Baiyewu refused to accept his guilt. He manipulated thelegal system to cause two trials to be adjourned which caused both victims further distress. I would like to thank the two victims in this case who maintained their commitment to the prosecution despite Baiyewu’s deliberate attempts to prolong proceedings. Thankfully their will to see Baiyewu pay for his crimes enabled the trial to proceed at the third attempt and Baiyewu was rightly convictedof all charges.".