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Man jailed for 8 years after raping colleague who tells other victims ‘you are not alone’

A man has been jailed for eight years after raping his colleague after a work drinks event

Alejandros Quiroz Flores, 40, of Marloes Road, Kensington, was sentenced on Wednesday for rape after  DNA evidence connected him to the crime that took place six years ago. He has also been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

The court heard that on August 13, 2017 the victim, Flores and other colleagues went for drinks in Kensington.

Later, Flores took the woman back to his previous home in Hammersmith where he raped her. She awoke during the attack and told him to stop, but he continued with his attack.

She woke the following morning, having flashbacks of the attack. She told friends about the attack who advised her to contact Flores, who told her that that nothing had taken place.

She attended a Haven clinic – specialist centres based in London for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted. Forensic samples were taken and she gave permission for her details to be disclosed to the police if DNA was identified.

Flores’ DNA was identified from the forensic evidence.

The victim has since said: “This conviction is a significant step towards justice and closure for me. It validates the pain and trauma I have endured and it means that my voice has been heard.

“To other victim survivors, I want to convey a message of encouragement and support. I understand the fear, shame, and stigma that can surround such experiences, but I also want you to know that you are not alone and your voice matters.

“Coming forward to report sexual assault is an incredibly brave and difficult step. It’s a step towards healing, towards holding perpetrators accountable, and towards preventing further harm to others. Know that there is support available, you do not have to go through this journey alone. Your courage can make a difference, not only in your own life, but in the lives of others who may be suffering in silence.

“Remember, you are stronger than you think, and your story deserves to be heard and believed. You have the right to seek justice and heal.”

Detective Sergeant Imran Khan, who led the investigation, said: “Flores took total advantage of the victim who had once been his friend and colleague. I want to commend her and the witnesses for their help in convicting this man.

“We know this investigation took many years to come to a successful conclusion, I would like to thank her for her continued support and perseverance.”

Pictured top: Alejandros Quiroz Flores, 40, was jailed for eight years (Picture: The Met)

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