A west London man who raped a woman he knew six years ago has been jailed after DNA linked him to the case.
Alejandros Quiroz Flores, 40, was on Wednesday sentenced to eight years in prison and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life, having been found guilty of the rape.
The victim and Flores, who knew one another, went for drinks with a number of other people in Kensington on August 13, 2017.
Flores took the woman back to where he then lived in Hammersmith, and raped her.
"She awoke during the attack and told him to stop, but he continued with his attack," a Scotland Yard spokesperson said in a statement.
The woman woke again the next morning, having flashbacks to the night before.
She told friends, who advised her to contact Flores, who claimed nothing had happened.
Flores’ DNA was identified from the forensic evidence.
During their investigation, detectives found Flores also had "vulnerable" pictures of the victim.
Flores was found guilty at Isleworth Crown Court on July 13, following a trial attended by the victim and three witnesses.
Flores, who was until recently living in Marloes Road, Kensington, has now been jailed.
His victim welcomed the sentence, and urged other survivors of rape or sexual assault to contact the police, saying: “Remember, you are stronger than you think, and your story deserves to be heard and believed."She said Flores' conviction marks "a significant step towards justice and closure".
"It validates the pain and trauma I have endured and it means that my voice has been heard," she said.
“The justice system worked to hold the perpetrator accountable for his actions and although it cannot erase what happened, it does provide some sense of vindication and relief.
“This conviction also serves as a message that sexual assault is a crime that will not be tolerated, and perpetrators will be held responsible.
“To other victim survivors, I want to convey a message of encouragement and support," she added.
"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 survivor. 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.
“Some sexual predators believe they can get away with their crimes, but this case shows they cannot, and they will be brought to justice. I would urge anyone in this position to contact police or the Havens – you will be listened to and supported by specially trained officers."
Scotland Yard said that as part of its £366m A New Met plan for policing London, it is "doing more to build trust and support our London’s communities with issues that impact them the most".
"The Met is putting more people and focus into the team's protecting women and children from violence and going after predatory men who commit those crimes," said a spokesperson.
If you have been a victim of sexual assault or rape or you have information about an offender, contact police on 101 or 999 in an emergency – there are specially trained officers who will listen and investigate where needed.
Further information, including details of agencies and charities that can offer support can be found on the Met Police website.
Details of The Haven can be found online. You can also call them on 020 3299 6900 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.