Rapist handed life sentence for ‘horrific attacks’

Serial offender followed women home late at night before assaulting them

Friday, 6th May — By Isabelle Stanley

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A SERIAL sexual offender who attacked six women across Camden has been jailed for life after handing himself in to police.

Francis Mukendi, from Finsbury Park Road, was sentenced to life imprisonment at Wood Green Crown Court on April 29.

Between September 2017 and December 2019, Mr Mukendi attacked six different young women, all of whom lived around Camden.

He followed the women home late at night and attacked them while they were taking out their keys or entering their homes. Threatening them with a weapon, usually a hammer or a knife, he forced them to perform oral sex on him.

All the victims reported the attacks to police immediately.

Despite the fact that each attack took place within a short walk of each other and a short distance from Mukendi’s home address, it took police two years to identify him. He kept assaulting women throughout the police investigation.

When police released CCTV footage of Mr Mukendi, two years after the first attack, he handed himself in. He was found guilty of four counts of rape, three counts of attempted rape, two sexual assaults and four counts of possession of a knife.

Chief Superintendent Andy Carter said: “I would like to thank the victims for their continued bravery and commitment to support this investigation over a considerable period of time. I would like to pay tribute to them for providing crucial evidence to ensure Mukendi cannot subject others to such horrific attacks.”

He added: “The Met is absolutely committed to doing everything we can to keep women and girls safe, and to ensure they feel safe. Working with our partners across the criminal justice system, we are determined to bring offenders to justice. We will prioritise action against sexual and violent, predatory offenders.

“We would continue to urge anyone who has been a victim of a similar attack to speak to us directly by quoting CAD1639/21MAR22. We have specially trained officers who will help and support you.”

“Alternatively contact us through a third-party support group such as The Havens or London Survivors Gateway, who offer a 24/7 urgent advice number if you need to speak with someone for the first time.”

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