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Two brothers jailed for raping woman in her Ealing home

News   •   Dec 01, 2017 19:50 GMT

Andrei Mamaliga - jailed along with his brother Ovidiu

Two brothers who raped a woman inside her home after befriending her have been jailed.

Ovidiu Mamaliga, 30 (30.03.87) and Andrei Mamaliga, 28 (12.01.89) both of no fixed abode, were each sentenced on Friday, 1 December to 12 years' imprisonment with a further eight years' to be served on licence.

They had both been found guilty on Wednesday, 25 October of rape, sexual assault, attempted rape, actual bodily harm and theft.

Detective Inspector Tim Desai, who led the investigation, said: "This was a horrific sex attack committed by two brothers who pose a huge danger to women and should be behind bars.

"The victim was friendly and welcoming when they engaged her in conversation, but she could have no clue as to their violent intentions.

"She has been left traumatised by what happened, and I praise her bravery in first reporting the attack and then coming face-to-face with her attackers and testifying against them to ensure their convictions.

"There may well be other victims of these two men who for whatever reason did not report the crime to police at the time. We would urge you to contact police - our specially trained officer will provide you with any support you need, and we will do everything we can to achieve justice for you."

At around 07:30hrs on Wednesday, 10 May, the two brothers started a conversation with the victim - a woman in her 40s - outside her home in the North Acton area of Ealing. They left her at that point, but returned later that morning and they chatted again.

Upon going back into her home, one of the brothers followed her inside and asked if he could use the toilet. She declined, and she was then attacked.

She was tied up with shoelaces the brothers had brought with them, undressed and raped.

They then made off with cash, jewellery and mobile phones.

The victim called police and the Met's Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command launched an investigation.

The scene was examined for forensic evidence and the DNA profiles found matched the two brothers.

CCTV footage was also obtained, showing the brothers near the scene at the relevant times. Mobile phone signals and Oyster card records also placed them in the area.

Both brothers were arrested in the Wembley area on Tuesday, 6 June. They were interviewed by police, and denied any involvement.

Ovidiu Mamaliga was charged on Wednesday, 7 June and Andrei Mamaliga was charged the following day with the offences above.

The court heard during the trial that the brothers, both Romanian nationals, had been released from prison in France in 2016 after serving a sentence for rape.

Applications for them both to be deported at the end of the sentences have been made.

If you were a victim of the Mamaliga brothers or you would like to report a sexual offence, please contact police via 101, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous.

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