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Two men who lured homeless woman to hotel room before violent sexual assault jailed

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wo men who sexually assaulted a homeless woman in a “horrific” ordeal have been jailed for 11 years each.

Jake Johnson, 26, and Matthew Bibb, 32, were visiting London from Birmingham when they lured the victim to their Hammersmith hotel in the early hours of the morning with the promise of a hot drink to warm up from the wet weather.

But once inside, the pair subjected her a prolonged and violent sexual assault and then threw her out.

Now the pair have been put behind bars after confessing to two counts of sexual assault by penetration over the November 2018 attack.

Isleworth Crown Court heard how Johnson and Bibb left their hotel on Kings Street to buy alcohol from a 24 hour shop, when they came upon the victim.

Jurors were told how after the abuse took place, the distressed victim reported the sex attack to the hotel manager and her friends, who helped to detain Johnson and Bibb at the hotel.

Both initially denied that the victim had even been in the hotel room or that they had assaulted her.

However, CCTV and forensic evidence, along with witness testimonies, proved this was not the case.

The pair initially pleaded not guilty at a trial which began Monday, but changed their pleas to guilty on the third day. They were sentenced the same day.

An attempted rape charge was left on file.

Met Detective Constable Carrina Turner said: “Bibb and Johnson subjected the victim – a clearly vulnerable woman – to horrific, humiliating and degrading sexual abuse.

“They are exactly those predatory and violent sexual offenders who we are committed to taking off our streets.

“I would like to commend the victim for her bravery and composure throughout this lengthy investigation.

“I know that she is understandably still suffering from the long term effects of such a terrifying ordeal, but hope she can take some comfort in this result and the knowledge her actions have potentially prevented further offences.”

Detective Turner said police would always treat allegations of sexual assault seriously, and urged victims to either speak to officers directly, or contact them through third-party support groups such as The Havens or London Survivors Gateway.

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