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man who met a woman at nightclub before going on to film himself raping her has been jailed for 13 years.

Taulant Krasniqi, 25, approached his victim, in her 20s, on the dancefloor of a nightclub in Kingston, south London.

The woman went home with Krasniqi but went to sleep in her own bedroom.

During the night she woke briefly to see Krasniqi sitting at the end of her bed with her phone in his hand.

But when she awoke he had fled.

Later that day her friend told her she had been sent a Snapchat showing the victim lying naked in bed by an empty condom wrapper.

The woman, discovering she could’ve been raped, called police to say she had not consented to having sex with Krasniqi.

Krasniqi was identified and arrested but under interrogation insisted the sex was consensual.

Officers discovered videos on his phone showing Krasniqi having sex with the woman who was not engaging and therefore not in a position to consent.

Messages from Krasniqi’s phone also showed boasts to friends that he had stolen items from her room, including an Oyster Card and iPod.

Krasniqi was found guilty at Kingston Crown Court of rape, having pleaded guilty to voyeurism and theft earlier in proceedings. These all relate to incidents that took place on 12 November 2017.

DI Julian Crabb said: “Krasniqi knew that the woman he had gone home with was in no position to consent to sexual activity yet he took advantage of this situation and raped her.

“He also filmed the woman without her knowledge and shared this on social media. His behaviour is truly abhorrent and I am pleased that he has been handed a lengthy prison sentence which reflects the gravity of his offending.

“I would also like to commend the woman who Krasniqi attacked – she has shown immense courage to report this to police and support this investigation and I hope this sentencing allows her the opportunity to begin to move on with her life.

“Anyone who reports a sexual offence to police will be offered the support of a specially trained officer to help them through the investigative process – in this case, PC Sheena Woodward worked tirelessly and has been invaluable in helping to secure this conviction.”

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