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International footballer jailed for rape

A former international footballer has been jailed after raping a woman inside a nightclub toilet.

Alhaji Sesay, 22, attacked the woman in a North London club after forcing his way into the cubicle — and he has now been jailed for ten years, The Sun reported.

The former Sierra Leone national team player also trapped another woman in a Bristol nightclub toilet and attempted to rape her in 2019.

Sesay, who also played Bristol City, was arrested after she managed to escape his grip and raise the alarm.

And the former goalkeeper has today been given a ten-year jail term for the offences.

Sesay was convicted of one count of rape and two of attempted rape against two separate women.

The 22-year-old was also found not guilty of a second charge of rape following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

He joined the Bristol City Academy in 2017, and went on to make multiple loan moves to non-league clubs before eventually being released.

At the sentencing hearing today, His Honour Judge Cullum told Sesay he was a rapist and a “sexual predator.”

He said he used “a veneer of charm and flirtatious behaviour” to put himself close to women who he perceived to be targets.

He said his actions had significantly affected both victims, with one suffering severe psychological harm.

Former Bristol City footballer Alhaji Sesay in 2017.Source:Twitter

Sesay was arrested on July 11, 2019 following an incident at Mbargo nightclub, on The Triangle, Bristol, after he trapped a woman in a toilet cubicle and attempted to rape her.

CCTV footage shows Sesay walking into the toilets in the nightclub, before turning around to look at the camera.

The victim managed to break free and get help from her friends and door staff, resulting in Sesay being detained and arrested at the scene.

At his trial, the court heard how Sesay also followed a woman into the toilets and forced his way into a cubicle at the Hart Lounge in Southgate, London — where he carried out an attack in which he committed rape and attempted rape.

Sesay, of Plumstead, London, was charged in connection with the offences in Bristol and London in August 2020.

DC Toby Hayes of Bristol CID, said: “Alhaji Sesay is a predatory sexual offender who would brazenly target women at random at nightclubs.

“CCTV footage gathered during the police investigations showed him going into female toilets, where he carried out his attacks.

“The victims have all been through a harrowing experience.

“I want to pay tribute to their incredible bravery and courage for reporting the offences committed against them, for giving crucial evidence in court and for supporting our investigation, which has resulted in this dangerous sexual offender being brought to justice.

“I would also like to thank the many members of the public who assisted with our inquiries and helped to ensure justice was served.

“Due to the nature of Sesay’s offending, it’s possible there are other victims out there who haven’t yet reported incidents to us.

“I would encourage them to place their faith and confidence in the police and come forward.

“You will be listened to, believed and respected. If you don’t want to speak to the police, please speak to someone.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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