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Everything was my fault, admitted pastor convicted of multiple rapes

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A controlling religious leader convicted of multiple rapes said "everything was my fault" in a confession recorded by one of his victim's relatives.

A jury heard that some of Michael Oluronbi's young female victims became pregnant multiple times but were taken to abortion clinics or administered drugs for a termination by the qualified pharmacist.

Oluronbi was convicted of 15 counts of rape, seven counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual assault, after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday.

The 60-year-old's wife Juliana Oluronbi, 58, was convicted of three counts of aiding and abetting rape after helping arrange some of the terminations.

Juliana Oluronbi (West Midlands Police/PA Wire)

Their crimes can now be reported in full after legal restrictions were lifted.

In a confession videoed last year by a victim's family member who had confronted him, the "feared" pastor is heard saying: "Everything was just my fault, and as I said before, I wasn't meant to be human.

"I wasn't meant to live under the roof of any human being and I said that I was an animal."

The footage was released by West Midlands Police after the trial.

The victim's relative is then heard, off-camera, asking the pastor: "You know I said that you are a paedophile? Everyone knows that you're a paedophile. You know that that's the name they give to your type?"

Oluronbi, who appears on camera in a formal shirt and tie speaking animatedly, raising his hands but with his eyes shut, then replies: "Fine."

He also claims the devil made him carry out the abuse.

Despite the recording, Oluronbi denied any wrongdoing during the trial, forcing his victims to give evidence against him during nine weeks of legal proceedings.

He even laughed in the witness box while giving his own evidence.

Oluronbi and his wife will be sentenced at a later date.

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