Son of former Brent MP convicted of sexual assault

Benjamin Boateng faces jail when he his sentenced next month

The son of a former Brent MP has been convicted of sexually assaulting a woman at a party.

Benjamin Kwahu Boateng, 27, whose father Lord Boateng was the Labour MP for Brent South between 1987- 2007, was convicted at Kingston Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday).

Jurors heard Boateng, who spent his childhood in Brent, met his 22-year-old victim in a nightclub in Mayfair on September 18 last year.

The victim, who was with a friend, later moved on to a private party in Battersea, south west London, which was also attended by Boateng.

The woman fell asleep on a sofa and woke up to find Boateng sexually assaulting her.

He was arrested and subsequently charged with one count of sexual assault by penetration.

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Boateng, who lives in Marylebone, will be sentenced next month.

Detective Inspector Sian Thomas, from Operation Sapphire, the Met’s specialist team that investigates sex crimes, said: “Boateng took advantage of a vulnerable female who was asleep at the time he assaulted her.

“I would like to pay tribute to the victim who was courageous in coming forward and reporting this incident to the police and giving evidence against him in court.”

Lord Boateng, whose full name is Paul Yaw Boateng, become the country’s first ever black minister when he was made the Chief Secretary to the Treasury while serving as a Brent MP.

He stood down in 2002 to become the British High Commissioner to South Africa and was made a Lord last year.