Son of former Brent MP jailed for sex attack

Court hears he assaulted his victim while she slept on a sofa

The son of a former Brent MP who sexually assaulted a woman at a party has been sent to jail today (Monday).

Benjamin Kwahu Boateng, 27, whose father Lord Boateng was the Labour MP for Brent South between 1987- 2007, attacked his 22-year-old victim in September last year.

Kingston Crown Court heard Boateng, who spent his childhood in Brent, met the woman in a nightclub in Mayfair and the separately went on to a private party in Battersea, south west London.

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

Boateng, who lives in Marylebone, was convicted of one count of sexual assault by penetration at his trial last 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.

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“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.