A 'highly dangerous' woman has been jailed for five years after strangling and sexually assaulting a young girl.

Chelsea O’Neill, 21, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday (January 27).

Following a three-week trial, O’Neill was found guilty of sexual assault by penetration, sexual assault by touching and actual bodily harm (ABH).

The court heard that in the early hours of the morning on October 13, 2021, O’Neill visited the victim, who was known to her, in Tottenham.

O’Neill strangled her and sexually assaulted her, Scotland Yard said.

The girl reported the incident to police the next day and officers launched an investigation.

O'Neill was arrested the following day and remained in custody until she was charged on October 15, 2021 with sexual assault by penetration.

Det Sgt Myles Bossman said: “O’Neill is a highly dangerous individual. She subjected a young female to significant violence without any remorse for her actions.

"The sentencing is welcomed as it displays a clear message that such acts will not be tolerated.

“This was a horrific ordeal for the girl, but she, with the support of her family, has shown immense strength and courage in coming forward and supporting a police investigation.

"I would like to thank the brave victim for her strength, I hope the conviction goes some way to providing closure after what must have been a horrific ordeal.

“The Met encourages anyone who is victim or witness to sexual assault, to contact police, there is zero tolerance for such serious offences."

He added: “Should you wish to report a crime, you can do so by contacting police on 101, or 999 in an emergency – we have specially trained officers who will listen and investigate where needed. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or report online.”

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