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Kalab ‘raped woman as she fell unconscious’

Abel Kalab

A predator who led an incapacitated woman to a secluded area of a South London park before raping her has been incarcerated. Abel Kalab, 21, plied his victim with alcohol before he and his companions lead her to Slade Gardens in Stockwell, where she passed out and was subsequently sexually assaulted.

In the early hours of August 1, 2020, a woman in her twenties discovered that her underwear and financial cards were missing. Kalab, of Graham Road, Harrow, was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday (May 4) at Inner London Crown Court after being found guilty of rape.

The court heard that Kalab and his group of friends approached the victim in a Stockwell pub shortly after midnight on July 31, 2020. She was offered alcohol, and while standing at the bar, Kalab plied her with vodka.

“She was simply being sociable and friendly but what happened at the bar and afterwards has persuaded me that whatever the views of anyone else in your group, your intention in spending time with her, ensuring she was given more alcohol and leading her to a secluded place, was a predatory and sexual one,” Judge Daniel Fugallo said.

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Slade Gardens in Stockwell&nbsp;//GOOGLE<br>

The group suggested walking to the adjacent Slade Gardens to continue drinking at approximately 2:00 a.m. The victim has a “hazy recollection” of walking to the park. After sitting on a bench for a brief while, she passed out.

“The next thing she is able to recall is waking up in a different location in a different place in the park with her underwear removed with a man she didn’t recognise, that she hadn’t seen before, and feeling as though she had been penetrated.”

The police were contacted, an investigation was initiated, and CCTV images of Kabal and his three companions were released. An examination of a vaginal swab revealed the presence of Kabal’s semen, indicating that he had ejaculated inside her.

“The conclusion I draw from these facts is that having stayed in the company of your victim for over an hour while she got intoxicated to the point of unconsciousness, you decided in a predatory and opportunistic way, while you had no reasonable belief she was consenting, to penetrate her and ejaculate and left her in that vulnerable state.”

The court heard that Kalab had no prior convictions and a troubled adolescence, having fled Eritrea at age 15 in search of a better life in the United Kingdom. Following a trial in the same court, he was judged guilty despite his denial of the rape charge. A second man was acquitted of rape but pled guilty to stealing the victim’s possessions and using her bank cards fraudulently.

Kalab is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence and will remain on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely. The investigating officer, Detective Constable Alex Smith, stated, “The sentence imposed in this case clearly reflects the gravity of the crime.”

“I applaud the actions of the victim, her bravery and determination have resulted in a sexual predator being removed from society. I urge anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence to report it to police – at the very least, to ensure you are being supported.”

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