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A man who raped a 17-year-old girl at a house party in Bexley has been jailed for 12 years.

Wernher Brion, 59, was found guilty today of rape following a trial at the Old Bailey.

Police were called on July 19 to an address in Welling after being contacted by a 17-year-old’s father and after speaking to the girl, she told police she had been raped.

The girl was taken to hospital and specialist officers from the Met's sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command were assigned to investigate the case and support her.

Police said the girl had been raped by a man she had met that night.

It was at a pub the girl and friends met Brion, of Sydney Road, who brought them drinks and invited them back to his house for a party once the pub had shut.

While at his address the victim began to feel unwell and was helped to a sofa in an unused room to allow her to sleep and recover.

Later in the evening Brion entered the room, used an armchair to barricade the door and then raped the girl.

Detective Constable Aidan Kersley said: "The defendant committed a predatory and ruthless attack on a defenceless young woman for his own sexual gratification.

"I would like thank the victim in this case and the other young witnesses for the courage they showed throughout this investigation and the subsequent trial.

"The sentence handed to Brion reflects the gravity of the offence and the impact it has had on the victim's life."

Brion was quickly identified and he was arrested at his home shortly after the complaint was made.

Detective Inspector Kate Kieran said: "This case demonstrates that anyone who may have suffered a similar attack can be reassured that if they come forward their complaint will be taken seriously and investigated fully by the Metropolitan Police.

"Anyone who believes they have been a victim of crime is urged to call police on 101 or, in an emergency, dial 999."