SICKENING footage shows two Italian students high-five and hug each other after raping a helpless drunk woman in a London nightclub.
Laughing Lorenzo Costanzo, 26, and Ferdinando Orlando, 25, were today convicted of the vile attack after luring their victim to a nightclub maintenance room.
They were seen on the club’s CCTV running off and celebrating in London’s West End.
The vile pair filmed the attack and rearranged her dress before hiding her alone in the toilets and running off.
Prosecutor Allison Hunter QC said: “They can be seen hugging, high-fiving each other … laughing.”
HIGH-FIVING AND LAUGHING
The post-graduate students from wealthy Italian families lured their intoxicated 25-year-old victim away at the Toy Room nightclub under the London Palladium.
Just six minutes after the woman met Orlando and Lorenzo Costanzo they were raping her in the secure room near the toilets.
International law student Orlando, of Pimlico, and business management student Costanzo were found guilty today at Isleworth Crown Court.
Costanzo collapsed in the dock and struck his head after hearing the guilty verdicts and was taken to hospital by ambulance.
They will both be sentenced at a later date.
Both men admitted watching their attack back on a mobile phone while making lewd gestures and re-enacting what they had done to the woman.
It can now be revealed for the first time 230mls of blood was drained from a wound between the victim’s legs after the rape.
A doctor reported he had never before seen such an “unusually severe injury”.
Judge Giles Curtis-Raleigh announced today: “Allegations of this type attract a significant sentence of imprisonment.”
Prosecutor Allison Hunter QC told the jury the nightclub CCTV showed the three meeting: “They can be seen to pass her from one to the other, each of them taking it in turns to kiss her.”
The victim told the jury: “I was in the middle of them so it was hard to get away from them. They were the support for me walking.”
She said she has no memory of the incident, having begun drinking Prosecco at 11am, plus free shots and vodka at the club, where she was celebrating a friend’s birthday.
The woman said: “I remember being very drunk and falling over a lot and then I was in the toilets of the club in so much pain, not wanting to get out and then I remember being on the street, sitting on the sidewalk.
“I was very swollen, I could barely walk and there was a lot of bruising. I was very scared.”
I was in the toilets of the club in so much pain… I could barely walk and there was a lot of bruising. I was very scared.
Doctors also noted three bruises between her legs, bruising to her bum, shoulder and leg, plus a mystery love bite to her neck she had no recollection of.
She told police on a one to ten scale of drunkenness she was a “ten”, adding: “I do have a history of kissing randomers when I’m drunk.”
Orlando claimed they flirted with each other and exchanged compliments but the woman told the court she has no memory of their conversation.
She agreed the CCTV shows them “kissing passionately” but denied groping him between the legs.
Orlando’s QC Sarah Elliott put it to the woman her behaviour was “receptive” and “enthusiastic” and that she was “moaning” with pleasure.
The complainant maintained she could remember anything and the lawyer suggested the CCTV outside the room revealed her true feelings.
Ms Elliot said: “We can see her behaviour in the club, enjoying herself. She had obviously been drinking.
“We are concerned the jeopardy these two young men of good character find themselves in. She has no memory of the maintenance room.
“His mother is here. This is a very close Italian family. She is depressed, tearful, is not sleeping and is self-harming by scratching her arms.
“She is a likely candidate for a nervous breakdown, if not on the verge of it.
“We have got one view that these are arrogant, aggressive, uncaring men from an aggressive prosecution.”
Costanzo’ QC Sallie Bennett-Jenkins said her client was locked up for a week after his arrest: “The shock and anxiety that has flown from that has remained with him.
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“His parents have been at his side at all stages. He has been distressed at each and every consultation. There are real and significant effects on this young man.
“He does not sleep. He has lost a considerable amount of weight and is highly stressed and anxious.”
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