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Three guilty of raping teenager

McMorris/Brew/Muaimba
Rogel McMorris, Jason Brew and Hector Muaimba were convicted of rape

Three men have been convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in an attack that left her with burns to half her body after caustic soda was thrown on her.

The girl, who has learning difficulties, was lured into an empty north London house and repeatedly raped, Wood Green Crown Court was told.

Rogel McMorris, 18, of Tottenham, north London, was convicted of two counts of rape and one of grievous bodily harm.

Two others were found guilty of rape and three men were acquitted.

Jason Brew, 19, of High Cross Road, Tottenham, and Hector Muaimba, 20, of Guildford Road, Walthamstow, east London, were both found guilty of one count of rape.

The three guilty men will be sentenced in the new year.

Permanently disfigured

Police say they were alerted to the attack, which happened in January, after people living near the abandoned house in Tottenham heard the victim's screams and found her naked with patches of her skin falling off.

The girl has been left permanently disfigured and is undergoing treatment, including surgeries and skin grafts.

Investigating officer Det Con Alex Newton commended the victim for testifying in court: "It was incredibly difficult for her and she has overcome a huge personal hurdle."

In a statement released by the girl's family, they thanked police for their dedication in investigating the attack.

"No conviction can compensate for what our daughter went through, but we truly appreciate the conviction of three of these men.

"Our sincere gratitude goes to all the police officers and organisations involved."

Bradley Daley-Smith, and Miguel Almeida, both 22 and from Edmonton, north London, and Bruno Abrantes, 24, from Tottenham, were all found not guilty of two counts of rape.

Mr Daley-Smith and Mr Almeida were cleared of grievous bodily harm last Wednesday.



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