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Nightclub rapists 'high-fived' after Soho attack

Ferdinando Orlando and Lorenzo Costanzo Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Ferdinando Orlando (left) and Lorenzo Costanzo (right) were filmed "bragging" on CCTV

Two men who high-fived each other after raping a woman in a nightclub have been found guilty of the attack.

Ferdinando Orlando, 25, and Lorenzo Costanzo, 26, led the victim into a store room and assaulted her.

After leaving her in the ladies' toilets the pair appeared to celebrate the attack inside the club, on Argyll Street, Soho, police said.

Italian nationals Orlando and Costanzo will be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on 1 November.

The Met Police said the 23-year-old woman required surgery after the attack on 25 February 2017.

Lewd gestures

CCTV showed both defendants dancing with the woman and attempting to kiss her, officers said.

They were then seen breaking a lock on the maintenance room door before escorting her inside.

The men took turns to rape the woman before carrying her to the toilets after the attack, officers said.

She was found by staff an hour later, struggling to walk and in "extreme pain".

Further footage showed Orlando and Costanzo run up the stairs to the nightclub exit, where they were seen high-fiving each other and making lewd gestures as they re-enacted the attack on a mobile phone.

Det Sgt Rebecca Woodsford described the rape as a "truly traumatic experience for the victim".

Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Police said the victim was 'visibly drunk and unsteady on her feet'

Costanzo returned to Italy hours after he had carried out the attack,

On 15 March 2018, Costanzo returned to the UK to watch a football match in London and he was arrested at Heathrow Airport and charged the following day.

Orlando left around a week later than his friend.

After Costanzo's arrest, Orlando contacted police and flew back to the UK, where he was arrested upon his return.

Update 22 November 2019: An earlier version of this article reported that Ferdinando Orlando was also convicted of GBH. The CPS has since confirmed that this charge was dropped and so this line has been removed from the story.

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