A ‘wicked and sinister bully’ who sexually abused a young girl and dished out punishment beatings to her and another youngster has been jailed for 15 years.
Shola Ogundare, 49, used weapons including a belt and charging cables to hit the children and forced a young boy into the ‘stress position’, kneeling with his hands in the air for several minutes. Both were also flogged over the hands with a wooden spoon.
He also forced the girl to watch porn on his laptop before molesting her.
His partner, Oluwafunmilayo Emmanuel, 34, was jailed for four years after jurors heard she encouraged the physical attacks, looking for a stick he could use and remarking during one assault: ‘If I were you I would hit her harder.’
Judge John Potter told the pair, both from Rochdale, they had shown ‘not a shred of remorse’.
Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court heard that police launched an investigation after officers learned the girl had been physically and sexually abused by Ogundare.
Judge Potter said he used the youngster as ‘nothing more than an object with which you could gratify your shocking and perverted sexual desires’.
The probe also established that she had also been assaulted by Emmanuel and both had also beaten the young boy.
Ogundare was found guilty of four counts of assault occasioning ABH, causing a child to watch a sexual act, sexually assaulting a child under 13, assaulting a child under 13 by penetration, attempted rape and cruelty to a child.
He was also made subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and was ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register for the rest of his life.
Emmanuel was convicted of four counts of child cruelty.
The judge called Ogundare a ‘wicked and sinister bully’ and told Emmanuel: ‘These were callous and calculated acts. You were well aware that the way he was treating the children.
‘On one occasion you searched for a stick for your co-accused to use as a weapon. On another occasion you saw the girl being beaten and said “If I were you I would hit her harder”. It must have been plain to you what harm was being done.
‘You sacrificed the safety of these children by your selfish desire to be with Mr Ogundare. Your dreadful sense of loyalty to him is bought into focus by your willingness to subject the children to acts of violence yourself.’
Detective Constable Russell Clarke commended the youngsters ‘for their strength in seeking help and disclosing what had happened to them’ and said both ‘have demonstrated incredible courage throughout our investigation and this trial, especially considering their age’.
He added: ‘Abuse of this kind often has a long-lasting impact on victims but I sincerely hope that they can move forward with their lives – free from the fear of being abused.
‘Ogundare subjected these children to a prolonged campaign of abuse.
‘Under the pretence of punishment, he sexually abused one of the victims to satisfy his most repulsive desires.
‘Throughout this investigation, he has shown no remorse and the things he has said to try to evade justice have been beyond comprehension.
‘Emmanuel also subjected the children to physical abuse and has also shown no remorse. She has repeatedly defended Ogundare and tried to discredit the victims.
‘I hope today’s result sends a clear message to members of the public and offenders alike that police officers will do everything in their power to see justice done.’