Finsbury Park rapist who attacked women in Camden jailed

Francis Mukendi

Francis Mukendi - Credit: Met Police

A Finsbury Park rapist who carried out a string of attacks on women in Camden has been jailed for life.

Francis Mukendi, of Finsbury Park Road, Hackney, was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 15 years’ imprisonment at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday, April 29.

The 27-year-old was found guilty, following a six-week trial, of four counts of rape, three counts of attempted rape, two counts of sexual assault and four counts of possession of a bladed article at the same court on March 22.

He committed offences against six women, aged between 20 and 32. They all lived around the Camden area.

The court heard that Francis carried out the attacks over a two-year period from 2017-2019.

He followed each of his victims late at night and when they were alone, and attacked when they reached their doorsteps or communal stairwells.

While distracted getting their keys out, Francis would approach from behind with a weapon – on one occasion with a hammer and on others with a knife. 

Once he had finished, or was interrupted, he would run away. The victims reported the attacks to police immediately.

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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 Francis cannot subject others to such horrific attacks.

"He is an extremely dangerous offender who targeted these women as they walked home alone in the dark, waiting for the most opportune of moments before making his attacks. They have been left traumatised by what has happened to them."

If you have been a victim of sexual assault or rape or you have information about an offender, contact police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. The force has specially trained officers assigned to listen and investigate where needed.

Further information, including details of agencies and charities that can offer support can be found at www.met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/rsa/rape-and-sexual-assault/

To speak to The Haven call 0203 299 6900 or visit www.thehavens.org.uk