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Man convicted of raping two women

News   •   Oct 10, 2017 16:37 BST

[Image: Papis Cante]

A man has been convicted of raping two women after he was identified following a media appeal.

Papis Cante, 36 (07.02.81), of St Johns Court, Queens Drive, Hackney appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on Monday, 9 October charged with two counts of rape. He entered a plea of guilty on both counts.

The first attack occurred at approximately 02:30hrs on Saturday, 22 July. The 22-year-old victim agreed to share a taxi from Leicester Square with Cante believing it would take them to their respective homes. The taxi dropped them close to Seven Sisters Road, N4 where the suspect dragged the victim into a side road before raping her. An investigation was launched but officers were unable to identify the suspect.

Just over a month later on Tuesday, 29 August Cante struck again.

A 21-year-old woman was travelling on the underground from Leicester Square when she encountered Cante. He made unwanted advances towards her before forcing her onto a northbound Victoria Line train to Finsbury Park.

At approximately 00:30hrs Cante forced her into an alleyway where he raped her.

As a result of enquiries and descriptions given by the women, as well as the location of the attacks, detectives investigated the incidents as a linked series.

On 6 September police released an image to the media of the suspect they wished to identify taken from CCTV at Finsbury Park Station on 29 August.

As a result of this appeal, on 8 September, detectives received a call from a member of the public naming Papas Cante as the suspect.

Cante was arrested at his home address later that day. He initially denied the offences, but his DNA was linked to both victims and he was charged on 9 September with two counts of rape.

Cante has been remanded in custody since arrest.

He will appear at Wood Green Crown Court on 3 November for sentencing.

Detective Constable Daniel Brown, from the Met's Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, said: "I am pleased that Cante has entered a guilty plea as this will prevent the victims from having to give evidence in court in addition to the distress of the attacks.

“Cante was very brazen in the way he approached the women whilst other members of the public were around. He was prepared to take the risk and when members of the public approached him he was able to talk his way out of it by pretending to be helping the women when he was in fact taking them to a place where he felt he would be able to commit the offences. He is a very dangerous offender.”

Anyone who feels they may have been victim to a similar attack but has not reported this to police is urged to call the investigation team on 020 8217 6541 or via 101.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.

Safety advice:

- Prepare and consider your travel arrangements carefully and ensure someone knows where you are going, who you are with and when you might be home.

- Look as assertive as you can, walk with confidence and be aware of your surroundings and who is around you.

- Avoid short cuts and dark isolated areas.

- Never take your safety for granted and look after your friends so that they don't become vulnerable.

- If you feel uneasy about an individual or situation, trust your instincts and leave the area and head towards a public place such as a shop.

Personal safety advice can be found at https://www.suzylamplugh.org