Five men who drugged and gang raped a British mother and shared a video of the attack on WhatsApp have been jailed for a total of 36 years by an Italian court.
The 50-year-old victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was targeted with a date rape drug on the last day of her holiday with her daughter in Naples.
Judge Francesco Todisco handed down the sentences to five current and former Hotel Alimuri staff at the court in Torre Annunziata.
Gennearo Davide Gargiulo, was given nine years, Antonio Miner and Fabio De Virgilio, were both given eight years, while Francesco D’antonio and Rafaela Regio got seven and four years respectively.
Lucilla Longone, the woman’s lawyer, told The Sun: ”My client was waiting apprehensively at home for the verdict. When I told her the outcome she was delighted and thanked me for my help.
“Hopefully this decision will now help her get on with her life.”
Following the sentencing, police were called to the courtroom to provide security for the judge and court staff after family members of the men hurled abuse at them and refused to clear the court.
The mother-of-one and her 26-year-old daughter had travelled from Kent, south England to Sorrento in October 2016, following the death of her husband.
Prosecutor Antonio Barba said in the court: “There is evidence this group sex attack was carried out with the use of drugs.”
DNA from two men was found in the victim’s fingernails and matched two of the accused Antonino Miniero and Francesco Ciro D’Antonio.
The court heard the woman and her daughter were served spiked drinks by two barmen at the hotel.
Prosecutors say the victim was taken to a store room close to the swimming pool where she was raped twice before being handed over to the barmens’ colleagues.
She was then taken to a staff room where she was attacked again before she was taken back to her room and dumped.
The daughter, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she felt unwell after the drinks and went to the toilet to throw up and returned to find her mother had vanished.
She told the court: “The staff at the restaurant were very polite. Then one of the barmen offered my mother and I drink in some shot glasses.
“One of them had a tattoo on his neck. They invited us to the bar for a drink after we finished our dinner.
“I remember having a drink and then almost immediately feeling sick.”
However, when she came back her mother had vanished.
She previously told the court: “My mum seemed distant and far away. She broke down in tears at the airport as we were leaving and told me everything that happened.
“[The night of the attack] We had dinner at the hotel restaurant and shared a bottle of wine. We were with another couple of holidaymakers.
“I remember having a drink and then almost immediately feeling sick. I went to the toilet and threw up. I was there for a while and when I came back my mum had disappeared.”
The mother said she had been photographed during the attack and was taken back to her room and dumped before she returned to Britain the next day.
She reported the attack to the police in Kent and DNA samples and drug tests were sent to Italian investigators.
The results showed a high level of the sedative benzodiazepines but lawyers for the five defendants claimed the victim was on tranquilisers following the death of her husband.
The men were traced by Italian cops after work records were seized as well as mobile telephones which contained the pictures of the woman on the group chat.