A Cripps Pemberton Greenish trainee has been convicted of rape and kidnap.
Wilfred Marodza, a trainee in Cripps' London office at the time, attacked two women in the Southwark area of London in the early hours of 20th July. In the first incident, he approached a 21-year-old woman as she walked back home and marched her to a nearby wooded area in a park. He threatened her, stripped her and raped her multiple times. She eventually managed to run away, but Marodza chased after her, telling onlookers that they were having a "domestic". The victim eventually escaped.
An hour later, Marodza attacked a 25-year-old woman who was waiting at a bus stop on Borough High Street. Marodza put his hand over her mouth and pulled her into a secluded side street. She managed to scream and Marodza fled.
Police were able to find and arrest Marodza as he'd left his rucksack at the scene with his Cripps identification in the bag.
Marodza appeared at the Inner London Crown Court. Nahid Mannan of the Crown Prosecution Service said it was a "horrendous attack on two young lone females". He said the CPS' case "included compelling evidence showing Marodza dragging the two victims to secluded areas and also chasing the naked victim he had just raped".
Marodza pleaded guilty to four counts of rape in relation to the first victim. He also admitted kidnapping with an intent to commit a sexual offence against the second victim. He will be sentenced next month.
Detective Constable Jonny Norman said the two young women were "subjected to ordeals that no person should ever have to endure". Norman added, "Marodza is a dangerous predator whose actions left both victims in fear of their lives."
Gavin Tyler, managing partner at Cripps Pemberton Greenish, said the firm was "completely appalled to learn of Wilfred Marodza’s conviction for such shocking offences". He added "our thoughts, of course, are with the victims and their families."
"Although there were never any concerns raised internally regarding Mr Marodza," Tyler said, "we are offering support for staff members who worked closely with him or who feel affected by the news for any other reason".