Two men found guilty of raping a woman in a nightclub have been filmed high-fiving and hugging after committing the crime.
Ferdinando Orlando, 25 and Lorenzo Costanzo, 26, both Italian nationals, were jailed on Tuesday for raping a woman in a London nightclub, Metro Police said in a statement.
The court heard the woman, then 23, went to a nightclub in the suburb of Soho on February 25, 2017, just before midnight.
Costanzo and Orlando arrived about 30 minutes later and at about 2am they approached her on the dancefloor. She was not known to them.
The both kissed her and she was visibly drunk.
The court heard Orlando and Costanzo then took her to a maintenance room and raped her.
They left 16 minutes later, rearranged her dress and straddle-walked her into the female toilets.
CCTV released by police shows the pair in the nightclub after the rape. They high-five each other.
The court heard after this, the pair watched something on a phone. They later admitted the video was of their attack.
The woman was in the bathroom for more than an hour. She was eventually escorted out by staff and complained of pain so severe she couldn’t walk.
A French couple helped her home and on arrival a housemate called an ambulance. She underwent surgery.
Police studied CCTV to find the two Italian men. The court heard the CCTV also showed them breaking a lock to get into the maintenance room to rape the woman.
Metro Police Detective Sergeant Rebecca Woodsford said both men left London after the attack.
However, Constanzo returned in March last year for a football match. He was arrested at Heathrow Airport.
Orlando flew back to the UK following Costanzo’s arrest after he contacted police.
Both men claimed the sex was consensual.
On Tuesday, they were each convicted of two counts of rape.
Det Sgt Woodsford said the conviction was the “best result” for the victim of a “truly traumatic experience”.
“This was a long and thorough investigation, with no forensic leads and hours of CCTV to track through,” she said.
“I really hope that this sends a message to anyone who has been, or believes they have been the victim of a serious sexual assault that we will do all that we can to investigate each case fully and seek to prosecute those responsible.”
She added the two men thought they could attack a vulnerable victim and brag about it.
“They were very wrong and will now pay the price for their actions,” she said.
The pair will be sentenced at a later date.
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