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Serial London rapist is convicted for morning attacks

A serial rapist who attacked women walking home in the early hours of the morning has been convicted.

Lawrence Dugbazah, 31, from Peckham, south London, was found guilty of assaulting three women in central London over a 10-week period last year.

The Old Bailey heard Dugbazah targeted the women as they walked home, attacking one teenager near Buckingham Palace.

He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 10 June.

He pleaded guilty to raping a 19-year-old in Bloomsbury, central London, on 9 January last year, in an attack that was caught on CCTV.

Prosecutor Tana Adkin said the first rape happened after Dugbazah picked the teenager up and threw her to the floor of a cafe doorway in Museum Street.

'Subdue her'

"While trying to subdue her, he sticks his hand down her throat to stop her screaming. He threatens to kill her," said Miss Adkin.

Dugbazah's DNA was matched in March when he was arrested for an unrelated offence. He was later charged with the two other assaults because they were "strikingly similar," Miss Adkin said.

He pulled a 22-year-old woman to the ground in Lewisham, south London, but was disturbed by a passer-by before he could rape her on 13 March.

Then eight days later, an 18-year-old was in Palace Street, near Buckingham Palace, after spending the evening at a club in the King's Road when she spotted a man watching her.

The court heard how he crossed the road and followed her, grabbed her from behind, shoved into an alcove near a shop doorway and pulled to the ground where she was raped.

She eventually managed to get away and ran to a cab waiting further along the road.

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