An ILLEGAL immigrant who raped a schoolgirl has been jailed for eight years.

Vile Paul Banton, 35, attacked the 12-year-old in her own home. The screaming girl begged him to stop and ran out of the house in tears after the attack.

When the girl finally plucked up the courage to tell her mother four years later,Jamaican-born Banton denied the accusations. He told detectives when arrested: “She’s lying. She’s trying to get attention.”

Before coming to court to testify against the rapist, the brave girl said: “I did not want to upset my mother.I didn’t think she would believe me.”

Banton, who came to the UK in 2000 and overstayed his student visa, denied rape and indecent assault between January 1 and December 31,2002 but was unanimously convicted by a jury at Blackfriars Crown Court.

Jailing him, Judge Henry Blacksell told Banton: “You sought out this vulnerable girl and waited until she was on her own. You abused her in the most dreadful and depraved way.

“By calling her a liar you made her life even more difficult and you got away with this for some time.”

Banton, of Belmont Park, Lewisham,will be deported when he has served his sentence.