Teenage groomer ‘Brixton R Kelly’ jailed for 12 years on 22 rape offences

Monday 18 December 2023

A teenage serial rapist dubbed the “Brixton R Kelly” has been jailed for 12 years after committing a three-year campaign of sexual violence against six young women.

Kevarnie Queen, 19, was convicted in August, following a trial at Inner London Crown Court, of 22 counts of rape committed between 2019 and 2022.

At his sentencing hearing on December 13, the court heard how Queen used social media to meet and later groom his victims.

He chose the username “Brixton R Kelly” during the period of his offences in reference to the American singer who was convicted of child sex crimes in a series of high profile trials between 2022 and 2023.

Queen was 15-years-old during much of his offending and all the complainants were under the age of 18. The CPS described him as a “prolific sexual predator” who had “no regard for his victims”.

Statements given by Queen's victims reveal how three of them were infected with sexually transmitted disease after their assaults.

One said she had attempted to kill herself seven times as a result of Queen's abuse. Another described how she had “lost her innocence, her voice and her integrity” because of his actions.

Kevarnie Queen, 19, was convicted in August, following a trial at Inner London Crown Court, of 22 counts of rape committed between 2019 and 2022.

Judge Usha Karu, Honorary Recorder of Southwark, handed Queen an extended sentence of 16 years on Monday.

The longest he will remain in detention at a young offenders’ institution is 12 years, after which he will be on extended licence for four years.

The teenager could be seen with tear tracks on his face as he left the dock.

Referring to the complainants, the judge said: “They have all been severely traumatised by the events. Given their youth this is likely to be long lasting.”

He was arrested in April 2020 and then again in June and August 2022 on suspicion of various counts of rape which he denied, claiming the women were all lying and were part of a hate campaign against him.

Following his conviction in August, Laura Devitt, senior crown prosecutor from the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit in London South, commended the “immense bravery and mental fortitude” of the victims to come forward.

“Queen has clearly demonstrated he saw these young girls’ existence purely for his own satisfaction”, she said.

“Queen claimed he was a ‘player’ and knew how to make girls like him and that any activity was consensual.

“His misogynistic and deplorable actions have now been exposed for what they are, and these convictions ensure no further women are caused further irreparable harm at his hands.”

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