Police enchantment for potential victims after photographer jailed

Police have appealed for potential victims of a photographer who raped a mannequin in his London studio to come back ahead.

Sritharan Sayanthan, 42, lured a lady who paid him for footage to an area pub by convincing her it was a networking occasion, police mentioned.

He then inspired her to get drunk “very quickly”, earlier than main her again to his studio on Brompton Road, central London, the place he raped her after she handed out on the ground.

The girl, in her 30s, is probably not the one one attacked by Sayanthan, police mentioned, after he was imprisoned for 11 years at Hendon Crown Court on Friday.

The photographer,  of Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, was discovered responsible by a jury of two counts of rape and one other of tried rape, after the lady reported him in July final yr.

Detective Constable Sophie Baker, of the Met Police’s Central North Command, mentioned two historic allegations of sexual assault towards shoppers by Sayanthan in 2012 and 2015 have been used as dangerous character proof towards him in court docket.

She mentioned: “The victim survivor in this case was fantastic from start to finish.

“For victims, describing the incident in court can be daunting but she did amazingly and I am personally very proud of her bravery and thankful to her for coming forward.

“We also believe there could be other victims of Sayanthan and would encourage anyone who wants to speak to us to come forward.

“No piece of information is too small and you will be listened to and supported.

“Anyone with information about Sayanthan should call police via 101 with reference 1852/31JUL22.”

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