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Man who attacked woman throughout her pre-teen years, convicted decades later after she confronts him

Paul Hunt

An East London man who told a young girl that no one would believe her if she reported him for rape was sentenced to 18 years in prison after she confronted him as an adult. Paul Hunt repeatedly raped and sexually abused the girl, who was under the age of 13 at the time of the incidents in the early 2000s, during a three-year period.

The now 35-year-old, who has no fixed residence, had groomed her over multiple trips to his house in Stratford at the time. In 2018, the now-adult girl confronted Hunt and reported the incident to authorities.

Officers conducted an investigation that included gathering evidence and witness testimony dating back over 10 years.

Hunt was taken into custody but refused to answer police inquiries throughout his interrogation. He was, nevertheless, charged and later convicted. On Thursday, June 29, he was sentenced to 18 years in prison at the Old Bailey.

He was also served with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order following his conviction for rape and sexual assault on Friday, June 23.

DI Jeremy McDermott of the Met Police’s North East Command Unit, said: “Hunt exploited and took advantage of a vulnerable child on numerous occasions. He told the victim that she would not be believed.”

“Despite this, she showed commendable bravery in coming forward and providing such strong evidence to police and at the trial.”

“I hope that the sentence handed down will bring her a small measure of comfort and a sense that justice has been done. I would like to encourage anyone who has been a victim of a sexual crime to come forward and speak to police; they will be supported and their voice too can be heard.”

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