Man convicted of raping 14-year-old girl he’d lured to Bedford flat

Luton Crown Court. Image: Thomas Nugent/Geograph
Luton Crown Court. Image: Thomas Nugent/Geograph

A rapist who lured a teenage girl to a flat and plied her with alcohol before raping her has been convicted today (Tuesday) at Luton Crown Court.

Donald Kargbo-Reffell, 55, was brought to justice thanks to a specialist cross-county operation investigating non-recent sexual offences.

The court heard that he met his 14-year-old victim in Bedford town centre in March 2006 and convinced her to go with him to a friend’s flat.

Kargbo-Reffell, who was 37 at the time of the offence, ensured his victim had drunk two cans of lager as well as several glasses of vodka and coke, leaving her feeling drunk and disoriented.

Kargbo-Reffell started kissing the victim despite her telling him to stop. He then took her into the bedroom where he raped her.

The case was examined by Operation Painter, an investigation run by the Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit into historic sex offences.

New technology was able to forensically link Kargbo-Reffell to the attack.

He tried to deny to Operation Painter detectives that he had sex with the victim, despite the new forensic evidence.

Today (Tuesday) Kargbo-Reffell, of no fixed address, was found guilty of rape at Luton Crown Court.

He is due to be sentenced at the same court in April.

Detective Superintendent Emma Pitts, head of public protection at Bedfordshire Police, said: “This was a predatory and calculated attack.

“Kargbo-Reffell targeted a vulnerable teenage girl, orchestrated her into a situation where she was even more vulnerable and then raped her.

“He knew exactly what he was doing and I am so glad we have been able to secure this conviction and ensure he will face justice for this appalling crime.

“Policing has made vital progress since this attack happened, both in terms of technology but also in how we respond to this kind of sexual exploitation and abuse.

“It is never too late to get justice.”