Streatham rapist could have struck before


Detectives today said that they believed a Streatham rapist who was found guilty of raping a woman in Clapham could have struck before.  

Twenty-one-year-old Stefan Melbourne (pictured) was convicted of rape at Woolwich Crown Court and is now awaiting sentencing.

Detective Inspector Jim Pryde, from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “Melbourne has shown himself to be a calculating and violent individual. He deserves a lengthy sentence and will be a registered sex offender on release from prison.

“The victim in this case was naturally scared of having to go to court but was determined to see justice done and her courage and perseverance has resulted in his conviction.

“I believe there may be other victims Melbourne has raped and I urge them to contact police. Specially trained officers will help you through this process.”

The 28-year-old victim attended the Haven anonymously after the offence took place on 22 January 2013.

She said Melbourne, whom she knew, had visited her home in Clapham on the pretence that he had business in the area and needed somewhere to stay the night.

He then threatened her with violence and raped her.

The victim initially was too scared but over time felt strong enough to come forward.

No date has yet been set to sentence Melbourne, who lived in Sherwood Road in Streatham.

Anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of Melbourne should contact police in confidence on 101 or the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command directly on 020 8721 4607.