Two found guilty of raping woman at London nightclub

Lorenzo Costanzo (left) and Ferdinando Orlando (right)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Two men have been found guilty of raping a woman, who was “visibly drunk and unsteady on her feet”, at a London nightclub.

The court heard how on February 25 2017, Lorenzo Costanzo, 26, and Ferdinando Orlando, 25, had danced with the victim before passing her between them to take turns kissing her.

The defendants, who were known to each other but not to the victim, then escorted her into a maintenance room and raped her, just eight minutes after their initial interaction.

The Italian nationals were then caught on CCTV exiting the room, rearranging the victim’s dress and walking her to the female toilets before leaving the nightclub and high-fiving each other.

One then showed the other something on his phone, which they later admitted had been a video of their attack.

The victim, who was 23 at the time, remained in the toilets for an hour before being discovered and taken home.

Once home she was in such severe pain that an ambulance and police were called and she was taken to hospital where she required surgery.

Police established that the woman had been a victim of rape and an investigation was launched – Costanzo and Orlando were today found guilty of two counts of rape each.

Detective Sergeant Rebecca Woodsford, who led the investigation, said the verdict was the “best possible outcome from a truly traumatic experience”.

She said she hoped it would send a message to other victims of serious sexual assault that police will do all they can “to investigate each case fully and seek to prosecute those responsible”.

“Costanzo and Orlando though that they could attack a vulnerable victim, brag about it and then get away with it.

"They were very wrong and will now pay the price for their actions,” DS Woodsford concluded.

The pair will be sentenced in due course.

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