A man has been convicted of committing a series of sex attacks against women in southwest London, including four assaults in one night. Mehdi Midani, 28, was found guilty on six counts of sexual assaults and admitted a further count of common assault after targeting his victims over a 10-day period in Clapham and Brixton Hill last October.
Police thanked the public for their help in bringing Midani to justice after they launched an appeal following fears there could be a serial sex offender targeting women in the area. The first attack happened on 26 October when he grabbed a 35-year-old woman from behind in Arodene Road, Clapham as she walked home before assaulting another woman at nearby Roseberry Road a few hours after attempting to break into her home.
On 28 October, Midani attacked four women in just over four hours;
Three days later, police were called shortly after 17:40hrs to Edithna Street, in Clapham following reports, a woman had been assaulted by a man who touched her on the backside multiple times. The woman called for help and Midani fled. He will now be sentenced for all seven charges at Inner London Court on 26 May.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Tony Carr, from the Met's Serious and Complex Case Team, part of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: "Midani caused enormous fear and distress to the local community as he carried out his spate of attacks, with four recorded in just one day.
"A public appeal was crucial to our investigation and led to information being provided that quickly led to Midani's arrest. I would like to thank the local community for their support and help during our inquiry and hope they are reassured by the news that Midani has now been convicted and faces imprisonment."