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Men jailed for caustic soda rape

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

Three men have been jailed for raping a 16-year-old girl in an attack in which caustic soda was thrown on her.

The girl, who has learning difficulties, was lured into a north London flat and repeatedly raped.

Rogel McMorris, 18, from Tottenham, north London, was jailed for nine years for rape and grievous bodily harm.

Jason Brew, 19, from Tottenham, was jailed for six years and Hector Muaimba, 20, from Walthamstow, was given eight years for rape and robbery.

Two-hour ordeal

The girl, who cannot be named, was lured to the disused flat in Tottenham in January last year, Wood Green Crown Court heard.

Det Con Alex Newton on the scene in court

She told the court she agreed to meet a man she knew for sex there because she thought it would make her popular. But during a two-hour ordeal she was repeatedly raped by a group of men. Before they left McMorris threw caustic soda on her.

The girl was in a coma following the attack and has been left permanently disfigured. She is undergoing treatment, including surgery and skin grafts.

Judge Shaun Lyons said the girl's life had been ruined and she would have to live with major physical difficulties.

Outside court the girl's uncle read a statement on behalf of her family, including her parents, saying: "The past 12 months have been a very difficult time for us as a family.

It feels like no sentence is any justice compared to what the victim has been through
Det Con Alex Newton

"The trauma, stress, depression and hopelessness have all been too difficult to bear."

He added: "We know the sentence imposed on the perpetrators of this hideous crime against our daughter, whatever and however we feel about it, will not bring sufficient justice and healing to our daughter."

Det Con Alex Newton said it was the biggest rape case Haringey police had dealt with.

A lack of co-operation by the community made it extremely difficult to investigate, she added.

"It doubled the amount of work to really get to the bottom of it and I don't think we ever really will," she said.

"It feels like no sentence is any justice compared to what the victim has been through."

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