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Man ‘used massage parlour vacancies to rape several women’

Raghu Singamaneni

Raghu Singamaneni, 50, a massage parlour owner of London Road, Luton, stood trial at Wood Green Crown Court and was handed an 18 year prison sentence after being found guilty of raping 4 women.

Raghu Singamaneni was dubbed a ‘prolific rapist’, after he used the ruse of job opportunities at his two London massage parlours to rape women who were interested in working for him, and not interested in sexual relations.

Singamaneni ran two massage parlours in Islington and Wood Green, according to the court.

After seeing an advertisement online, the first victim, a 17-year-old, met Singamaneni for a job interview.

The next day, she ran across Singamaneni at the parlour again, but this time she became inebriated and unwell after drinking a glass of prosecco he’d given her.

Singamaneni then drove her to a hotel and attempted to rape her.

He allegedly attacked a 19-year-old woman inside a massage parlour on High Road.

She said that Singamaneni had requested a massage, insisted on drinking vodka, and then raped her.

Another victim, 23, was assaulted after meeting Singamaneni for a job interview at a hotel in Golders Green.

Singamaneni plied her with wine when they entered the hotel room and afterwards forcibly removed her garments and raped her.

Singamaneni also raped a 17-year-old victim after supplying her with drugs and alcohol during a job interview.

Singamaneni was eventually charged with three charges of rape, two counts of assault by penetration, and one act of attempted rape.

Detective Constable Hussain Sayem, who led the investigation, said: “This man used his position of authority to carry out a string of sexual assaults on young women. Many of these women were lured by the hope of employment, but were then subjected to the most dreadful sexual assaults.

“I have no doubt that Singamaneni thought these women would never speak out against him or would never be believed. He was wrong, these women did have the courage to speak out and the jury found him guilty by a unanimous verdict.

“Some sexual predators believe they can get away with their crimes, but this case shows they cannot and will be brought to justice. Lastly, we know Singamaneni is a serial offender and it is entirely possible he has attacked other women who have not felt able to come forward and report their ordeal to police.

“I would urge anyone in this position to get in contact and quote Operation Sting – you will be listened to and supported by specially trained officers.”

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