A 16-year old teenager has been sentenced after he pleaded guilty to a series of assaults on teenage girls in Croydon.
The boy was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on Friday, July 16, to a total of four and a half years in custody and three years on license.
The convict had pleaded guilty on Monday, April 12, to two counts of causing grievous bodily harm, four counts of sexual assault, assault by penetration and one count of common assault.
A charge of robbery was left to lie on file.
The incident happened Last year, November 4, at 08:50 on Moffat Road in Croydon.
Upon arrival, police found a 15-year-old girl with injuries.
She had been approached by a stranger and stabbed in the leg; she was taken to hospital for treatment and later discharged.
On November 6, at 08:23hrs, the police received another call to St. Paul’s Road in Croydon, where they found an injured girl.
Both Officers and London Ambulance Service were present at the scene.
Police gathered that the 15-year-old victim had been approached by a stranger and stabbed, this time, in the arm.
She was treated at the scene before being taken to the hospital, where she was later discharged.
The second victim went to a separate school from the first; therefore, they were unknown.
The South Area Command Unit launched an investigation and later discovered that the offences were linked to four other incidents from November 2019 and October 2020.
Teenage girls were approached as they were walking to school and sexually assaulted or assaulted.
The suspected teenager was arrested at his residential address in Thorton Heath in the early hours of November 8, 2020.
Detective Sergeant Sarah Barrett, who led the investigation, said: “These attacks were random and completely unprovoked. The actions of this teenager left not only his victims but the wider community scared and concerned for their daughters.
“It remains unclear why he carried out these attacks.
“I would again like to take this opportunity to praise the girls who came forward and helped us with our investigation.”©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.