Prison sentences for Farnham gang rape

|News, Sexual offences

Two men have each been sentenced to 14 years in prison for the gang rape of a woman in the centre of Farnham.

The victim was attacked in the early hours of 9 December 2018 by Constantin Ionescu and Nicolae Dragoi, after she had spent the day in London with family members. 

Guildford Crown Court heard that the woman had returned to Farnham by train with her husband, but had got separated from him before she came across the two men, who raped her while she was intoxicated.

Ionescu was identified as a result of a police appeal to the public, which included CCTV stills taken from a pub in Farnham on the night of the incident. His mobile phone even had a screenshot of the media appeal and that day, he changed his appearance, realising he had been identified as one of the woman’s attackers.

DNA from both defendants was found at the scene.

Gareth Morgan, from the CPS, said: “This was a truly appalling attack that targeted an extremely vulnerable woman, who had the misfortune to find herself alone and came across the defendants in the street.

“Both defendants would have been able to clearly see that she was under the influence of alcohol and it would have been obvious to them that she was in no position whatsoever to provide consent to any sexual activity. The fact that she was drunk was undoubtedly a reason why they preyed on her.

“Witnesses at the scene confirmed that and one of the defendants even admitted in a police interview that she was drunk, meaning he realised she was incapable of consent, and that he had failed to call for any form of assistance for her.”

Notes to editors

  • Constantin Ionescu (10/06/1983) and Nicolae Dragoi (02/08/1977) were convicted of three charges each of rape
  • Gareth Morgan is a rape specialist District Crown Prosecutor with CPS South East
  • This case was prosecuted by the CPS South East Rape and Serious Sexual Offences team (RASSO). This is staffed by specially trained lawyers and paralegal officers and they handle rape cases, including attempted rape, along with child sexual abuse cases, including historic cases and all other serious sexual offences. 

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