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Leyton man jailed for raping sleeping woman at a party

A man from Leyton has been jailed for raping a woman while she slept at a party in north London.

Marcelle DaCosta, 36, of West End Avenue, was sentenced to six years’ in prison at Wood Green Crown Court on Wednesday, 29 March.

The victim, aged in her 20s, attended a party in Enfield on Saturday, 6 February 2021.

Alongside DaCosta and two others, she left the gathering and attended two further addresses.

Having tried to leave the parties twice, the woman fell asleep at the second property.

It was then during the early hours of the morning on Sunday, 7 February 2021, that DaCosta raped her.

The victim reported the incident to police a week later and detectives from the North Area’s Public Protection team launched an investigation.

Met Police say the woman was supported by specialist officers.

DaCosta was arrested on Monday, 19 April 2021 on suspicion of rape and was subsequently charged on Thursday, 23 December 2021.

DaCosta was unanimously found guilty of rape at the same court following the conclusion of his trial on Monday, 16 January.

Detective Sergeant Myles Bossman from the North Area Public Protection team, who led the investigation, said: “DaCosta is an extremely dangerous and predatory individual who will now spend a significant period of time behind bars.

“He subjected a woman scarcely known to him to a serious sexual assault and has shown no remorse for his actions.

“While this case has now concluded, I hope it sends a strong message that the Met is committed to supporting victims of sexual violence and working tirelessly to ensure those who commit such despicable crimes are put before the courts to face the consequences of their actions.”

Anyone wanting to report a crime, can do so by contacting police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

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