Crime & the Law

Captain of University football team jailed for 15 years for rape attacks

The Inner London Crown Court in Newington Causeway. Image: Google Street View

The Inner London Crown Court in Newington Causeway. Image: Google Street View

24 year old university student Ashley Mitton from Violet Road Walthamstow has been jailed for 15 years at the Inner London Crown Court for a series of three rape attacks on women who work in the sex industry.

He’s been convicted of six offences for crimes committed in East London as far back as 2012.

The court heard he would target his victims by inviting them into his car before driving them to secluded areas and attacking them.

He threatened one of his victims with a screwdriver.

Ashley Mitton from Walthamstow sentenced 16th March 2015 to 15 years imprisonment. Image: Met Police

Ashley Mitton from Walthamstow sentenced 16th March 2015 to 15 years imprisonment. Image: Met Police

Detective Constable John Buck, of the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, led the investigation.

He said:

Ashley Mitton was a university student, captain of the football team, but under that seemingly normal exterior was a very dangerous young man who preyed on vulnerable women.

His conviction has been the result of a detailed and painstaking police operation, the outcome of which unquestionably proved his guilt.

Mitton targeted sex workers to carry out his horrific crimes, women who are in a very vulnerable situation. He had the extremely misguided belief that they would not be believed because they were sex workers.

I would like to thank all the victims for having the courage to come forward and put their trust in the police to investigate their claims.

I would appeal to anyone who may have been attacked by Mitton to come forward and speak to police. I hope this conviction gives victims of sexual offences the confidence that police will treat their information with professionalism and sensitivity and pursue those responsible.

Anyone who has any information should contact their local police station on 101 but always ring 999 in an emergency. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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