Gang-rape thugs targeting brothels jailed 54 years
PUBLISHED: 16:11 01 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:51 05 October 2010
THUGS who carried out gang rapes and robberies targeting brothels in East London in a six-week reign of terror have been jailed for a total of 54 years. At least three women were gang-raped and 13 were violently robbed by the gang who pretended to be customers to get into the premises
THUGS who carried out gang rapes and robberies targeting brothels in East London in a six-week reign of terror have been jailed for a total of 54 years.
Ibrahim Gunduz has been given 14 years, Imani Williams 19 years and Andre Victor 20 years for the raids in which at least three women were gang-raped and 13 were violently robbed.
Gunduz, who was 17 at the time, and accomplices Williams and Victor, who were both 20, targeted six brothels in Dalston, Walthamstow, Leyton, Leytonstone and Forest Gate.
Two women were gang-raped at premises in Leytonstone High Road, three were robbed and one subjected to oral rape at a second premises nearby, two were robbed and one gang-raped at Romford Road, Forest Gate, two were robbed at gunpoint at Hoe Street, Walthamstow, and another robbed in Shacklewell Lane, Dalston.
The gang pretended to be customers to get into the premises. Gunduz posed with a crutch to give the impression had a limp to get in through the buzzer system, then held the door open for Williams and Victor.
They were caught through DNA on a cigarette butt left by Gunduz, semen left by Victor and Williams and fingerprints from Gunduz and Williams left in the raids last January and February.
Det Ins Larry Smith, who led the hunt for the gang, said: “We have taken three violent young men off the streets who acted like kids in a candy shop.
“They thought they could take what they liked, no doubt thinking they would get away with it targeting prostitutes who may have been reluctant to go to police.”
Victor, from Hackney’s Fawcett Estate, was found guilty at Snaresbrook crown court of seven rapes in the raids last January and February and admitted charges of robbery.
Gunduz, also from the Fawcett estate, admitted rape, robbery and ABH.
Williams, from Hackney, admitted four robbery charges and was found guilty of ABH and two rapes.