Man convicted of rapes against women in central London

A man who raped two women during separate incidents in central London has been convicted today.

Fabio Moniz, 27, of no fixed abode, was found guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court of two counts of rape and one attempted assault by penetration.

Fabio Moniz

He was acquitted of a sexual assault against a third victim.

Moniz is due to be sentenced on 20th September 2013.

The jury heard how the first incident occurred after Moniz approached two female friends on a night out in Mayfair on the evening of 25th August 2012.

After taking them to a nearby nightclub, Moniz proceeded to buy them drinks. The next recollection of the first woman (‘Victim 1’) is of awaking in an unknown flat to find Moniz raping her. She and the friend left the flat and police were contacted.

The second offence took place on 13th September when Moniz befriended a woman (‘Victim 2’) he met in a Mayfair street. He persuaded her to go a bar with him and bought her a number of drinks. She awoke the next morning in a disorientated state to find Moniz in her hotel bed.

Later that day the woman, who was visiting the UK on business from the United States, caught a flight back home. During the journey she felt unwell and became concerned about the events of the previous evening. On her arrival she attended a medical centre where she informed staff she believed she had been raped during her stay in London. She was examined and samples taken.

The Metropolitan Police Service was informed and officers from Sapphire, part of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, travelled to the States to collect the samples and take a full statement from the victim.

Following extensive inquiries by officers from the Sapphire Command Moniz was arrested on 19th September 2012. He denied all allegations put to him.

Det Supt Kate Halpin said: “Moniz preyed on young women in London’s West End, using initially his charm, and then alcohol as a means to sexually assault them. I would like to commend the victims for the courage they have shown in reporting the offences and re-living their ordeals in court to see justice. With the support of specially trained officers and other specialist agencies they have seen this case through to conviction.

“Given the nature of Moniz’s crimes, it is highly likely he has committed further offences and I would urge any victims to come forward. Anyone with information can contact Sapphire on 020 8721 4614.”

Victims of rape can also find advice and support at where there is a step-by-step guide for anyone who has or knows someone who has been raped or sexually assaulted. It takes the user through all their options; from who to contact, to the type of care they will receive, how evidence will be collected, making a report, the investigation and their ability to control the process.