Morden churchgoer who confessed to pastor guilty of child rape in Wallington
8:28am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A churchgoer who confessed to his pastor he had sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl has been found guilty of child rape.
Kwesi Van Dyck, 45 was found guilty on Wednesday of 12 counts of rape over a five-year period.
On Tuesday, September 17, Van Dyck’s pastor told the court the accused had come to see him and confessed.
His victim’s mother broke down in court last Thursday as she recalled when she confronted Mr Van Dyck.
She said: “I asked him if he had raped her, he nodded his head, but I wanted to hear him say it. I asked him again and he said ‘yes’.”
The mother, who can not be named for legal reasons, told the court: “The pastor asked to see me, and he told me what he [Mr Van Dyck] had told him and urged me to go to police. I broke down when the pastor told me.”
The court heard that his victim had twice phoned Childline and described what had happened.
She also confided in two friends and wrote in her diary that her innocence had been taken when she was 11.
At the prosecution opening of the trial, the jury heard Mr Van Dyck confessed to a friend that he had slept with the victim, but after she was 14.
Prosecutor Timothy Hunter told the jury that a friend of Mr Van Dyck’s had said that he had paid particular interest in items of underwear the police had taken for examination.
He told the friend that the victim could have rubbed the underwear on his to implicate him. The child’s underwear police examined contained Mr Van Dyck’s semen, the court heard.
Mr Van Dyck is due be sentenced on Tuesday, October 1.