Four men jailed for brutal gang rape of woman they met at a nightclub in Ealing

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<p>Two of the four men sentenced to prison. Octavian Lupu and Dmitri Ceban</p> (Met Police)

Two of the four men sentenced to prison. Octavian Lupu and Dmitri Ceban

(Met Police)

Four men have been jailed for more than 71 years after being found guilty of raping a woman in Ealing.

The group, aged between 28 to 40, subjected the woman to a prolonged and repeated attack after meeting her at a nightclub in August 2017.

Octavian Lupu, 31, Andrei Rotaru, 25, Alexandru Cimbir, 40, and Dmitri Ceban, 28, were sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Wednesday.

The court heard how the four men were together at a nightclub in Ealing on August 12, 2017. 

Lupu was seen on CCTV approaching several women before dancing with the victim and buying her drinks.

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Metropolitan Police

She had planned to get a taxi home but her phone was not working - instead she left the club with Lupu who had offered to help organise a taxi home.

The victim then remembers being put into the back of a car with four men who drove her to an address in Northolt where she was taken inside and repeatedly raped by all four men. 

The attack lasted approximately 90 minutes.

Following the assault, the suspects returned the victim’s clothes and arranged for a taxi to take her home. 

She managed to get to hospital where she contacted police who attended the hospital and began an investigation.

Officers were able to use CCTV from inside the nightclub and the venue’s I.D. entry system to identify the four men who were then arrested and interviewed. 

They all denied the allegations and gave varying accounts of what had happened that evening.

Detective Constable Angie Meadows, who worked on the investigation, said: “Over the course of my career this is one of the worst assaults I have ever dealt with and they deserve such lengthy prison sentences.

“The victim was on a night out with her friends when she was subjected to a horrific ordeal by these men who have expressed no remorse for their actions throughout the course of the investigation.

“I hope that the conclusion of the case gives the victim some closure that she can begin moving forward with her life. She has shown great courage and bravery in standing up to her attackers and supporting the investigation.

“Women’s safety remains a top priority for the Met and we would encourage anyone who has been a victim or witnessed a sexual assault to contact police. You will be supported by our specially trained officers who will give advice and take all allegations seriously.”

Lupu, of Coldharbour Lane, Hayes, was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment. Andrei Rotaru, of Clun Road, Littlehampton, was sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment. Alexandru Cimbir, of Rabournmead Drive, Northolt, was sentenced to 18-and-a-half years’ imprisonment. Dmitri Ceban, of Princes Park, Hayes, was sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment.

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