Postgraduate students found guilty of central London nightclub rape

|News, Sexual offences

Two postgraduate students who attacked an intoxicated woman in a nightclub storage cupboard have been found guilty of rape.

Ferdinando Orlando, 25, and Lorenzo Costanzo, 26, led the woman into a side room at the Toy Room Club near Oxford Street in the early hours of 26 February 2017.

They were found guilty at Isleworth Crown Court today [Tuesday, 15 October].

Christina Smith, of the CPS, said: “These two rapists have at every turn denied responsibility for their sickening actions. They took advantage of a vulnerable woman, who had clearly lost the capacity to consent to sexual activity. They ushered her into a room, raped her, discarded her and then ran away from the scene of their crime in callous celebration.

“The victim has shown immense courage in coming forward and we hope these convictions provide her with some comfort. We hope this serves as a very strong reminder that anyone who takes advantage of another who, for whatever reason, is unable to consent, faces prosecution for their actions.”

Notes to editors

  • Christina Smith is a legal manager on the London South Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit
  • Ferdinando Orlando and Lorenzo Constanzo were both found guilty of oral rape and vaginal rape.

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