Twelve year sentence for Edinburgh rapist who stalked and harassed women

A man who raped vulnerable women he knew and followed female strangers to their homes has been jailed for 12 years.

Emmanuel Anoliefo, 39, subjected a series of victims to sexual and physical assaults, targeting drug-dependent acquaintances who were nervous of contacting the police to report his crimes. 

The Nigerian national – a known drug dealer – also stalked and intimidated strangers in the Granton area of Edinburgh, terrifying them with inappropriate propositions while they were shopping or on their way to work. 

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how he was captured on CCTV arriving at what he believed to be the home of a young woman, letting himself through the front door uninvited and entering a bedroom. 

Anoliefo, who moved to Scotland from London, was found guilty of four rapes and two sexual assaults between 2018 and 2020.  He was also found guilty of stalking and harassment offences. 

Returning to court for sentence today, he was given 12 years imprisonment.  His name was added to the sex offenders register. 

Scotland’s Procurator Fiscal for High Court, Ruth McQuaid, said:  

“Emmanuel Anoliefo has been shown to be a sexual predator and a danger to women.  His persistent harassment and stalking was terrifying to females who were simply going about their daily lives.  

“Some of the women were known to him to be vulnerable and unlikely to report his behaviour – but he was wrong – and he has been brought to justice through the courage of his victims coming forward and speaking out. 

“I would urge anyone who experiences similar offending to come forward, report it and seek help.”