Sierra Leone international goalkeeper Alhaji Sesay (22) has been jailed for 10 years after being convicted of raping and attempting to rape two women in nightclub toilets in Bristol, UK.
The former Bristol City FC goalkeeper was found guilty of one count of rape and two of attempted rape against two other women at a Bristol Crown Court. He was however found not guilty of a second charge of rape.
At the sentencing hearing on Wednesday, HHJ Cullum told Sesay he was a rapist and a sexual predator who 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 of them suffering severe psychological harm.
Sesay was aprehended on 11 July 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.
The victim managed to break free and raise the alarm with her friends and door staff, resulting in Sesay being detained and arrested at the scene.
During trial, the court heard that he [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.
According to DC Toby Hayes of Bristol CID, “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 enquiries 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,” he added.