Church leader convicted of sexual assaults during prayer sessions

09/03/2017

A male church leader and a woman have been convicted of committing sexual assaults on women during prayer sessions.

Benjamin Egbujor, 55, was found guilty today at Inner London Crown Court of one count of sexual assault and one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

The offences relate to two female victims at a Christian centre in south London - one was 14-years old.

Rose Oby Nwenwu, 43, was convicted of helping and encouraging Egbujor in relation to one of his victims, and of joining in that sexual assault herself.

CPS London reviewing lawyer Catherine Wear said: "Benjamin Egbujor sexually assaulted both victims under the masquerade of Christian prayer, abusing their trust in him as a long-standing religious leader.

"The prosecution case was that Nwenwu also played a vital role in the offending by bringing one of his victims to him, undressing them, encouraging Egbujor in his sexual activity and taking part in the assault herself.

"By the returning of these verdicts the jury has agreed with that approach and the testimony of the victims themselves. This case has made it clear that anyone who aids or encourages sexual assault is also guilty of a serious crime.”

Notes:

Benjamin Egbujor [21/02/1962] was found guilty of sexual assault between 01/03/2011 and 31/03/2011, and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity between 01/12/2012 and 31/01/2013.

Rose Oby Nwenwu [20/04/1973] was found guilty of sexual assault between 01/03/2011 and 31/01/2013, and encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence believing it would be committed between the same dates.