Clapham sex attacks: Mehdi Midani found guilty of string of assaults

'Midani caused enormous fear and distress to the local community as he carried out his spate of attacks,' say police

Emma Henderson@Emmalouisehendy
Wednesday 27 April 2016 15:06
Mehdi Midani will be sentenced on 26 May
Mehdi Midani will be sentenced on 26 May

A man has been convicted of a series of sexual assaults on women in south London.

Mehdi Midani, of no fixed address, was found guilty on Tuesday of six counts and admitted a seventh at Inner London Crown Court.

The 28-year-old was also found guilty of common assault and will be sentenced on 26 May.

The female victims, all aged in their 20s and 30s, were attacked in Clapham and Brixton in October 2015

Doorstep attack in Clapham

Timeline of the attacks

9th October- Clithroe Road

10th October- Deauville Court

22nd October - Trent Road

26th October - Arodene Road, Kings Avenue and Sandmere Road

28th October - Southwell Road and Sudbourne Road

31st October - Edithna Street

On one day, he targeted four women within hours of each other.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Tony Carr said: “Midani caused enormous fear and distress to the local community as he carried out his spate of attacks.

The suspect is believed to be behind eight separate sexual assaults in south London

“A public appeal was crucial to our investigation and led to information being provided that quickly led to Midani’s arrest."

Following the increased number of attacks, stepped up patrols in the area and issued safety advice, encouraging women to be “vigilant” in the area.

Three other men arrested during the course of the investigation were released without charge.