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Man raped 11-year-old girl using fake medical checks
An NHS scientist who performed fake medical examinations so he could rape and abuse a young girl has tried to get his jail sentence cut.
Andong Ashu, 46, was found guilty at Hull Crown Court of 11 sickening sexual offences against an 11-year-old girl and was jailed for 21 years.
Ashu began abusing the girl using "bogus" examinations. The attacks got progressively more serious until he began raping her.
She tried to fight him off and told him to stop but he ignored her and said no one would believe her because she was a child.
He also occasionally gave her £10 or £20 to maintain her silence, but she eventually plucked up the courage to report her ordeal to police.
But Ashu believes his sentence is too harsh and took his case to London Criminal Appeal Court.
Mr Justice Popplewell, sitting with Lady Justice Sharp and Judge Martin Picton, heard Ashu had subjected his victim to "abuse of a very serious character".
Ashu, who is originally from Cameroon, was arrested shortly afterwards. He denied any wrongdoing but was convicted by a jury.
His lawyers claimed there had been "inconsistencies" in the evidence against him and argued his convictions should be overturned. They also claimed he was too harshly punished and that his sentence should be cut.
But Mr Justice Popplewell said: "The inconsistencies complained of were, for the most part, not inconsistencies."
He added: "It is not arguable that the determinate term of 21 years was manifestly excessive."
At his sentencing in January last year, Judge Jeremy Richardson called him a "depraved individual".
"Your conduct was both calculating and cruel," he said. "You engaged in vile sexual abuse. It was painful to listen to [the victim] giving her evidence of what you did.
"You betrayed every item of trust reposed in you. You commenced your abuse on the pretext of undertaking some form of medical or physical inspection of her.
"You spared her nothing. She was accused of telling lies. You put that girl through torment when you did what you did, and you added to her torment by forcing her to relive those appalling events.
"She still has feelings of worthlessness, finds it hard to trust people, and found giving evidence an utter ordeal."