Security Footage Shows Wealthy Italian Students High Five After Brutal Rape in London
Men were seen hugging and laughing after leaving woman hospitalized after attack
Two wealthy Italian students have been convicted of a brutal rape in a London nightclub that left the victim needing surgery after the attack.
Ferdinando Orlando, 25, and Lorenzo Costanzo, 26, were found guilty of raping the unnamed 25-year-old woman in the Toy Room Club under the London Palladium in the British capital.
Security camera footage from the nightclub shows the shocking moment the two men high five and hug, as they laugh and congratulate each other, just moments after the sickening assault.
The victim describes herself as "ten-out-of-ten drunk" when she was taken into a maintenance room near the restrooms by the assailants.
Costanzo is taking a postgraduate master's degree in business and management and Orlando is currently studying a postgraduate degree in international law.
Both men were unanimously convicted of two counts of rape on Tuesday evening after a jury heard the woman was too drunk to consent to sex.
Judge Giles Curtis-Raleigh warned the pair: "Allegations of this type attract a significant sentence of imprisonment."
The victim suffered serious injuries in the attack and needed 230mls of blood - the equivalent to a Coke can - drained from a hematoma.
A doctor reported he had never seen the "unusually severe injury" in 2,000 similar examinations.
Both students were represented by lawyers over the course of three trials and it has been suggested their expensive defence team may have been funded by a wealthy family member in Italy.
Before the trial, the students' legal team made repeated applications to declare evidence inadmissible and even halt proceedings altogether.
Orlando's QC Sarah Elliott said: "We can see her behavior in the club, enjoying herself.
"She had obviously been drinking... she has no memory of the maintenance room."
Opening the case earlier this month, prosecutor Allison Hunter QC told Isleworth Crown Court that the nightclub's CCTV showed the two students and the victim meeting on the dancefloor.
She added: "They can be seen to pass her from one to the other, each of them taking it in turns to kiss her."
Orlando then led the woman to the maintenance room as she held on to his waist, with Costanzo behind, steering her as she leaned into him
"I was in the middle of them so it was hard to get away from them," the woman told the jury.
"They were the support for me walking."
All three emerged 16 minutes later, with the woman sandwiched between the defendants.
The prosecutor said: "Orlando can be seen to re-arrange her dress, which was twisted and raised at the front, to cover her modesty.
"The pair propel her towards the ladies' toilet, where they open the door and put her inside and turn and run down the corridor.
"They ran straight up the stairs to the outside, where they can be seen hugging, high-fiving each other, strong-arming, laughing and looking at what appear to be images or videos on a mobile phone.
"They engage in gestures simulating sexual intercourse and oral intercourse and appear to laugh and congratulate each other.
"It is the prosecution case that she was not able to consent to what she sustained at the will of these two defendants.
"Her capacity to consent was a matter of supreme indifference and irrelevance to them in their pursuit of their own sexual gratification."
The complainant told the jury she has no memory of the incident, having begun drinking unlimited prosecco at 11 am, plus free shots and vodka at the club, where she was celebrating a female friend's birthday.
"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," she said.
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."
When cross-examined she admitted the CCTV showed her grinding her rear into Costanzo on the dance floor and flicking her long hair.