Camden 'doorstep' rapist convicted
A rapist who followed and attacked five women on their doorsteps has been convicted.
Francis Mukendi, 27, carried out his campaign of violence against women over more than two years between 21 September 2017 and 16 December 2019 in Camden.
He targeted the women who were alone and on their way home late at night, following and approaching them from behind as part of his pattern of offending. He would then threaten them with a weapon and demand oral sex. Two victims described being videoed while they were raped.
Following a trial at Wood Green Crown Court which concluded yesterday (22 March 2022), Mukendi was convicted of four counts of rape, two counts of attempted rape, two counts of sexual assault, having an offensive weapon and three counts of having an article with a blade. He had already pleaded guilty to possessing extreme pornography at an earlier hearing.
Some victims managed to escape after calling for help and running away.
A police media appeal was put together after officers managed to link a number of ‘cold cases’ together that appeared to point to the same Camden doorstep rapist.
Mukendi handed himself into police on 22 December 2020 after seeing a media appeal where he recognised himself.
Melissa Garner, from the CPS, said: “Francis Mukendi is a sexual predator, he preyed on women walking home alone at night. These victims were all attacked when they were mere feet away from the safety of their own homes. They were terrified and forced to comply when threatened by Mukendi with a knife and in one instance a hammer.
“The prosecution case included CCTV evidence of Mukendi following a number of his victims home and TikTok music videos created by Mukendi showing the knives used in the attacks. A laptop belonging to Mukendi was also found under his bed which contained a video of one of the rapes he had filmed for his own sexual gratification.
“Mukendi is a dangerous individual. I hope these convictions bring a sense of justice for these brave women, who came to court and faced their attacker, after such life-changing ordeals.
“The CPS is committed to bringing sexual predators to justice. I hope these convictions serve to reassure the public that such cases will be robustly prosecuted wherever possible.
Mukendi will be sentenced at the same court at a date to be set.
Notes to editors
- Francis Mukendi (DOB: 29/08/1994) is of no fixed address.
- Melissa Garner is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit in CPS London North.