jailed for a total of almost ten years
Brother and sister Aliyah and Lacquan Weekes of Harlesden, north-west London, were sentenced to a total of nine and a half years in jail yesterday at eh Old Bailey for organising and participating in a ‘revenge rape’ attack on a 15-year-old girl.
Aliyah Weekes, 19, orchestrated the attack which took place on April 29 last year. The victim was forced into an alleyway close to the College of North West London in Dudden Hill Lane and raped by Aliyah’s brother, Lacquan Weekes.
The Old Bailey heard that the attack – where the victim was forced to perform oral sex on Lacquan Weekes – only stopped when two passers-by walked by the alley, the boy retreated and the victim managed to escape.
The girl reported the crime when she got home, where police officers were waiting, having been called by her mother who feared she had gone missing.
When Lacquan Weekes was arrested later that night he tried to claim that he and the victim had been dating and that she had not only agreed to the sex act, but helped unbutton his trousers.
Aliyah Weekes was arrested the following day. She admitted to having an argument with the victim but denied any involvement in the attack.
The attack is believed to have been twisted revenge for the victim having spread secrets or rumours about Ms Weekes and her friends, with Weekes reportedly warning the victim that "snitches get stitches" before deciding on a sex attack.
Aliyah Weekes had also threatened the victim with having to perform a ‘line-up’ – performing sex acts on multiple men – and told her that she would get hurt if she did not do it.
Aliyah Weekes was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in a young offenders institute for her part in what the judge described as a "truly wicked" crime. Her brother Lacquan Weekes will serve five years for rape.
Whilst in the dock at court Lacquan Weekes smiled and chatted to his sister and the judge concluded that Mr Weekes, who has previous convictions including for battery and possession of a knife, had shown "not one iota of remorse" for the crime, displaying “appalling” behaviour whilst on remand. Lacquan also tried to escape during the trial by evading his escort and running towards the front door of the court.
Along with Aliyah Weekes, a 16-year-old girl was also convicted of aiding and abetting the horrific attack and given an 18-month youth rehabilitation order.
Det Con Daniel Pegg, investigating officers, said: “This was a disgraceful attack during which the victim was surrounded, accused of betraying confidence, assaulted and then threatened with further violence if she did not comply with the demands of the group.
“I would like to pay tribute to the victim for her bravery in giving evidence. I hope the sentences handed out will reflect the serious nature of this incident and dissuade others from committing such offences.”