Pedophile sexually abused girl and whipped her while ruthlessly beating boy with spoon as loyal wife cheered him

Shola Ogundare and Olwafunmilayo Emmanuel were jailed for 15 years and four years respectively for the crime


                            Pedophile sexually abused girl and whipped her while ruthlessly beating boy with spoon as loyal wife cheered him
(Greater Manchester Police)

A man has been jailed after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a young girl and used weapons on her and a boy in “punishment beatings”. His wife was also sentenced to jail for physically assaulting both children and encouraging her husband for the crime. Shola Ogundare was sentenced for 15 years while his wife Olwafunmilayo Emmanuel was sentenced for four years following a trial at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, in England.

During the trial, the court heard how the girl was sexually abused by the 49-year-old man who also used to beat her with a wooden spoon and a makeshift whip. Besides, he beat a young boy, aged under 11, with weapons while his 35-year-old wife encouraged him to do so. The woman also physically abused the victims.

Judge John Potter described Ogundare’s behavior as “repeated, callous acts designed by you to demean and control” the young victims. The judge said the pedophile used the girl as “nothing more than an object with which you could gratify your shocking and perverted sexual desires”. While in the case of the underage boy, he forced him into a “stress position”, kneeling down with his hands in the air for several minutes, and if the child did not comply, Ogundare used to beat him. 

Emmanuel used a wooden serving spoon to hit the children over their hands. It was also said during the trial that Emmanuel used to encourage Ogundare's physical attacks and once said “if I were you I would hit her harder”. 

The couple from Curzon Close, Rochdale, denied any wrongdoing, but the victims gave evidence during a trial with the judge paying tribute to their “great bravery”.

Ogundare was jailed after he was convicted of attempted rape, sexual assault, child cruelty, and assault, while Emmanuel's charges followed four counts of cruelty to a person under 16. She will reportedly be deported back to Africa after completing her jail term.

Giving sentence to Ogundare, Judge Potter deemed him as a “wicked and sinister bully” and was also made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register for the rest of his life. While to Emmanuel, the judge said: “These were callous and calculated acts. On (one) occasion you saw the girl being beaten and said 'if I were you I would hit her harder'. It must have been plain to you what harm was being done.

“Your dreadful sense of loyalty to him is bought into focus by your willingness to subject the children to acts of violence yourself. In the trial, I saw both children give evidence. Whilst they both showed great bravery there is no doubt both suffered physical and psychological harm at the hands of both of you."

After the hearing, Detective Constable Russell Clarke of Greater Manchester Police’s Rochdale district said: "First and foremost I would like to commend the victims for their strength in seeking help and disclosing what had happened to them. Both children have demonstrated incredible courage throughout our investigation and this trial, especially considering their age. Abuse of this kind often has a long-lasting impact on victims but I sincerely hope that they can move forward with their lives — free from the fear of being abused.”

Clarke added: "Ogundare subjected these children to a prolonged campaign of abuse. Under the pretense of punishment, he sexually abused one of the victims to satisfy his most repulsive desires. Throughout this investigation, he has shown no remorse, and the things he has said to try to evade justice have been beyond comprehension. Emmanuel also subjected the children to physical abuse and has also shown no remorse.

"She has repeatedly defended Ogundare and tried to discredit the victims. I hope today’s result sends a clear message to members of the public and offenders alike that police officers will do everything in their power to see justice done."

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