"Fethaullah is a dangerous predatory individual"
Convicted murderer Mohammed Fethauallah, aged 58, of no fixed address, has been convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl and fathering her child.
The conviction came after a two-year investigation by specialist detectives.
Fethaullah was found guilty on May 23, 2019, following a trial at Inner London Crown Court. He received a life sentence in 2003 for the murder of his stepmother.
The court heard that the victim contacted the police on January 11, 2017. She reported that she had been raped in 1999 when she was 14.
The girl used to work at a grocer in Brixton after school that Fethaullah managed. On June 18, 1999, she had finished her shift and was waiting to collect her wages.
Fethaullah then asked her to get him some cigarettes from the front of the shop which she did. When she returned, she finished a drink that she had left on the office desk.
The girl immediately felt unwell and collapsed, falling over some chairs and drifting in and out of consciousness. She believed her drink was spiked.
She remembered that Fethaullah put her in his car. He drove to an unknown secluded location and she woke up to find Fethaullah having sex with her on the back seat of his car.
He thought she was not aware of what had happened in her state and drove her home afterwards.
A short time later, the teenager found out she was pregnant.
She had a boyfriend at the time and even though she knew it was possible that the baby could be the product of rape, the couple decided to have and raise the child.
The couple split when their relationship deteriorated and the child was two. In November 2016, a DNA test was carried which confirmed the child was conceived as a result of the rape.
She decided to report the matter to Kent Police, who then transferred the case to the Met Police.
Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command launched an investigation that took 28 months to bring to court.
Officers examined DNA and forensic evidence and tried to piece together the events of 20 years ago.
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Kendal Moore said:
“Fethaullah is a dangerous predatory individual who subjected a 14-year-old girl to a terrible ordeal.
“I would like recognition given to the victim, who in such awful circumstances, found the strength to disclose this traumatic event and come forward to the police some 18 years later.
“She has carried the weight of this crime on her shoulders all this time and her bravery is truly commendable.”
“I have been proud to lead this investigation and get justice for the victim. My sincere thanks goes to everyone who has assisted with this case over the last two years.
“Sexual offenders will be dealt with robustly and this case demonstrates that time is not a bar to achieving justice.
“I would encourage anyone who has been the subject of a sexual assault to contact the police in the knowledge that they will be listened to and supported by a team of people who are there to help them.”
Mohammed Fethaullah will be sentenced on Friday, July 19, 2019.