Sierra Leone-born Alhaji Sesay face a 10-year jail time after subjected two women to serious sexual assaults in a night club toilets, a Bristol Crown Court heard, but he denied any wrongdoing.

Sesay’s professional career has been ruined as Judge Michael Cullum jailed him for ten years on Wednesday.

The young keeper was an unused substitute in the Sierra Leone side during the 1-0 defeat in Ethiopia during the 2018 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.

Sesay, 22, was convicted of one count of rape and two of attempted rape against two separate women following a three week trial at Bristol Crown Court and was found guilty. 

He was charged in connection with the offence in Bristol and London in August 2020. After being arrested and released under police investigation, he targeted a second woman in the female toilet of a nightclub in London, Football Sierra Leone understands.

At the sentencing hearing today, HHJ Cullum told Sesay he was a rapist and a sexual predator who used “a veneer of charm and flirtatious behaviour” to put himself close to women who he perceived to be targeting. He said his actions had significantly affected both victims, with one of them suffering severe psychological harm.

Sesay was arrested on 11 July 2019 following an incident at Mbargo nightclub, on The Triangle, Bristol, after he trapped a woman in a toilet cubicle and attempted to rape her.

Sesay was born in Sierra Leone and started playing with a local club FC Kallon before moving to Europe.

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