A former trainee solicitor who raped one woman and attempted to rape another has had his prison sentence increased after it was found to be unduly lenient.

Wilfred Marodza, previously employed by London firm Cripps Pemberton Greenish, was jailed in January 2020 for kidnap and rape. He had been drinking with friends after work in 2019 when he targeted his first victim, who was on her way home. Marodza grabbed her by the neck, dragged her to a secluded park, threatened to kill her, and repeatedly raped her. She eventually managed to run away.

One hour later, Marodza approached his second victim while she was waiting for the bus. He offered to help her find a taxi, before grabbing her and placing his hand over her mouth. She managed to scream, causing him to run away. Marozda was later arrested, after his work ID was found by police at the bar he had visited the day before.

Marodza was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment in January 2020 at the Inner London Crown Court. However, following a referral to the Court of Appeal by the solicitor general, the sentence was found to be unduly lenient. It has now been increased to 16 years’ imprisonment, with a five-year extended licence.

The solicitor general, Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC MP said: ‘Marodza subjected his victims to depraved, callous attacks, resulting in serious emotional trauma. I am pleased the Court of Appeal agreed he should serve a longer sentence, and hope the increase brings some comfort to the victims.’