Man admits kidnapping and raping 13-year-old girl on her way to school in south London

Ross McGuinness
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Kadian Nelson has pleaded guilty to raping and kidnapping a schoolgirl. (Metropolitan Police/PA)
Kadian Nelson has pleaded guilty to raping and kidnapping a schoolgirl. (Metropolitan Police/PA)

A man has admitted kidnapping and raping a 13-year-old girl on her way to school.

Kadian Nelson, 27, sexually assaulted the schoolgirl in an alleyway in Mitcham, south London, last November.

He pleaded guilty on Monday to kidnap and rape, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said, having been charged last November.

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Nelson followed his victim on 3 November before creeping up behind her and putting one hand over her mouth and another on her head.

He also threatened to kill the girl and forced her to walk towards an alleyway, the CPS added.

Kadian Nelson attacked a 13-year-old girl who was on her way to school in Mitcham, south London. (PA)
Kadian Nelson attacked a 13-year-old girl who was on her way to school in Mitcham, south London. (PA)

Nelson told her to take off her coat and school blazer before sexually assaulting her, then put his own jacket on the victim. 

Police were alerted when a woman called 999 saying her daughter had seen a man grab a young girl.

When one of the woman’s relatives interrupted Nelson, he told her the victim was his sister, the CPS said.

He was caught on camera leading his victim away and the video was shared on social media.

Following the incident, the Metropolitan Police named Nelson as a suspect and urged him to come forward for his own safety.

The video was shared to social media by a concerned bystander.
The video was shared to social media by a concerned bystander.

Local residents were told not to take the law into their own hands after angry groups gathered at addresses in the area as news of the incident spread on social media.

Nelson appeared at Kingston Crown Court on Monday where he admitted kidnap, rape and making a threat to kill, the CPS said in a statement.

Senior prosecutor Kate Shilton said: “This was a terrifying stranger attack on a young girl on her way to school.

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“The prosecution was able to present compelling evidence that made clear that it was Kadian Nelson who had carried out this sickening attack.

“The prosecution case included video footage and DNA evidence from the lighter and tobacco pouch found inside Nelson’s jacket pocket, which he left behind.

“The victim was also able to identify him in an ID parade. These guilty pleas will mean that Nelson’s young victim will be spared the ordeal of giving evidence in court.

The sign in North Place in Mitcham, near Colliers Wood. A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape after police appealed for a suspect to hand himself in. The Metropolitan Police earlier named Kadian Nelson, 26, as a suspect in the rape of a young girl in Mitcham, south-west London, and urged him to come forward for his own safety.
Kadian Nelson kidnapped and raped a schoolgirl near North Place in Mitcham, south London, last November. (PA)

“I would like to thank the members of the family who saw what happened and took quick action in alerting the police to the incident.

“The young victim has shown remarkable courage during these proceedings and I hope this conviction will go some way to providing her with closure.

“Sexual offences are some of the most serious and complex cases to prosecute. The CPS is committed to bringing sexual offenders to justice where there is the evidence to do so.”

Nelson is due to be sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on 13 August.

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