Eric Lakidi has been put in prison for 13 years (Image: Metropolitan Police)

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A hospital worker has been jailed for 13 years for raping a three-year-old girl more than 20 years ago.

Eric Lakidi, 43, raped the victim multiple times between 1996 and 1999, Harrow Crown Court heard.

The attacks happened at addresses in the North London boroughs of Enfield and Barnet, the court heard.

The crime was uncovered in 2016 when the victim, who is now a young woman, reported the abuse to the North London Child Abuse Investigation Team, My London reports.

Lakidi was working in security at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust at the time.

On June 1 this year, he was found guilty of three counts of rape against a child by a unanimous jury, after his trial in May.

Lakidi was working in security at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
(Image: Google)

In addition to his 13-year jail sentence, Lakidi, from Epsom, Surrey, has been put on the sex offender register for life.

Judge Vanessa Francis said: “You preyed on her – you raped her more than once when she was vulnerable.”

Acting Detective Sergeant Virginia Condren said: "Lakidi took advantage of the trust of a vulnerable child to commit and hide his odious crimes.

"The tenacity and bravery shown by the young woman in this case can only be described as admirable.

Lakidi was sentenced at Harrow Crown Court
(Image: Harrow Observer)

"Her drive to achieve justice for herself has never faltered. Despite the daunting steps she has gone through to reach this result she has only ever shown strength and determination to see this through."

Detective Sergeant Condren added: "I can only hope that today is a significant step in her closing the door on the fear and trauma she has experienced, and that her courage in coming forward serves as encouragement to others who have also suffered abuse of any kind, current or historic, to have confidence in the police, CPS and the courts to bring these offenders to justice.

"I would also like to commend and thank her siblings for their unwavering support of her through this entire process."

Lakidi worked at the NHS hospital a contractor for security firm ICTS and in August 2018 he was given an "employee of the month", according to the Evening Standard.

*If you have been a victim of sexual assault or rape or you have information about an offender, contact police on 101 or 999 in an emergency – there are specially trained officers who will listen and investigate where needed.