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‘High-fiving’ pair who filmed nightclub rape are jailed

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Two Italian men have been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for raping a woman in a Soho nightclub in an attack so brutal she needed surgery.

Ferdinando Orlando, 25, and Lorenzo Costanzo, 26, targeted the woman at a club in Argyll Street in the early hours of 26 February 2017.

They claimed the sex was consensual and were seen high-fiving each other after the attack, but were convicted of four counts of rape.

The pair met the 23-year-old on the dance floor of the Toy Room club at around 2am and they both began to kiss her, the trial at Isleworth Crown Court heard.

CCTV showed the victim was visibly drunk as she was passed between the two men who took turns to kiss her.

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Eight minutes after meeting, they had to prop her up as they took her to a maintenance room where they broke a lock to get in and raped her.

They emerged about 16 minutes later and rearranged her clothing before supporting her to the female toilets where they left her.

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Footage showed the pair running up the stairs of the London club and high-fiving each other, before watching video of the attack on a phone and showing it to someone else.

Police said they made lewd gestures and re-enacted to each other their actions during the rape.

CCTV shows rapists high-fiving after attack

The victim was discovered in the toilets an hour later and was helped home by a French couple.

Her housemate found her to be in such severe pain that an ambulance and police were called and she was taken to hospital for surgery.

The men evaded justice for more than a year after returning to their home country, but were caught when Orlando came to the UK in March 2018 to watch his team play Arsenal.

He was arrested at Heathrow airport, taken into custody and charged with rape the following day.

Costanzo contacted police after Orlando's arrest and arranged to return to the UK, where he was also detained and charged.

The maintenance room where the rape happened
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