FOUR men have been jailed for more than 71 years after being found guilty of raping a woman in Northolt.

The group subjected the victim to a prolonged and repeated attack after meeting her at a nightclub in August 2017. 

Det Con Angie Meadows, who worked on the investigation, said: "Over the course of my career this is one of the worst assaults I have ever dealt with and they deserve such lengthy prison sentences."

Octavian Lupu, 31, of Coldharbour Lane, Hayes, was sentenced to 20 years. 

Andrei Rotaru, 25, of Littlehampton, was sentenced to 17 years. 

Alexandru Cimbir, 40, of Rabournmead Drive, Northolt, was sentenced to 18.5 years.

Dmitri Ceban, 28, of the Princes Park area, Hayes, was sentenced to 16 years. 

All four were sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Wednesday (12) after being found guilty of rape at the same court the day before.

The court heard that the four men were together at a nightclub in Ealing on that evening. Lupu was seen on CCTV approaching several women before dancing with the victim and buying her drinks. 

She had planned to get a taxi home, but her mobile phone wasn't working and she left the club with Lupu who had offered to help organise a taxi home. 

The victim then remembers being put into the back of a car with four men who drove her to an address in Northolt, where she was taken inside and repeatedly raped by all four men. The attack lasted approx 90 minutes. 

Officers were able to use CCTV from inside the nightclub and the venue's ID entry system to identify the four men who were then arrested and interviewed.