A RAPIST evaded justice for two years by working as a care home manager in Purley.
To the authorities illegal immigrant John Jambu was a dangerous criminal who sexually assaulted a woman at knifepoint.
But to staff and residents at The Manor, in Grovelands Road, Purley, he was Alizdos Lapson – a care home boss registered with the Care Quality Commission.
This week however, Jambu, of Brighton Road, was starting a seven-year sentence for the 2010 rape.
The Old Bailey heard the 34-year-old had been working as a manager of a nursing agency in 2010 when the victim approached him for work.
Jambu took her to a pub for a meeting but the prospective employer did not turn up. He then offered the victim a lift home via his flat in Woolwich, under the pretence of picking up some laundry.
While there, Jambu told the woman that he had to speak to someone outside, but, unbeknown to the victim, he went out and bought a pack of condoms. On his return he became violent, making sexual advances and threatening the victim with a knife before raping her.
The victim managed to escape from Jambu's flat.
Although the woman identified the place where the attack happened, Jambu had left.
But he was caught out and identified after the crime was highlighted on the BBC's Crimewatch.
Jambu was arrested on July 20 last year at his home address after information received directly from this appeal gave the investigating team an address for him.
When he was arrested, Jambu was hiding inside a divan bed in the bedroom. He gave a false name on arrest and was also found to have identification and credit cards under a false name. He was charged with rape and false misrepresentation.
A spokesman for The Manor, which looks after disabled adults, said: "I can confirm that a former member of staff has been convicted and sentenced for an extremely serious crime that took place elsewhere in London before he joined the service.
"The individual received a clear enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check before commencing employment and was formally registered as a manager with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
"Our staff alerted the police immediately when Crimewatch was broadcast and we have worked closely with the police throughout this process. At no point during this individual's employment with us were any concerns raised about his conduct and the very distressing news of his prior crime came as a shock to everyone. The health and wellbeing of the people we support is our number one priority."
A CQC spokesman added:, "It is clear that Alizdos Lapson (aka John Jambu) supplied false information when he applied to register with CQC. We carried out background checks on the details he supplied, which included asking for professional and medical references, and carrying out Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority checks.
"Where a criminal has set up a false identity supported by fake documentation, this is a criminal matter. It is a huge relief that, thanks to Crimewatch and the vigilance of staff at the home, he has now been brought to justice."