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‘Predatory’ Leyton man raped sleeping woman at party

Marcella DaCosta was found unanimously guilty by a jury this week

By Victoria Munro

Marcelle DaCosta (credit: Met Police)

A “predatory” Leyton man has been found guilty of raping a sleeping woman at a house party.

Marcelle DaCosta, a 36-year-old from West End Avenue, was found unanimously guilty of rape by a jury at Wood Green Crown Court on 16th January.

The court heard his victim, a woman in her 20s, attended a house party on 6th February 2021, where she met DaCosta and two others, before travelling with them to another party in Enfield.

After trying unsuccessfully to leave twice, she fell asleep at the Enfield house in the early hours of 7th February and was raped by DaCosta.

Detective Sergeant Myles Bossman said: “DaCosta is an extremely dangerous individual. In what can only be described as predatory, he subjected a woman scarcely known to him to serious sexual assault without any remorse for his actions. 

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“The victim was at her most vulnerable as she slept. The verdict shows that such violence against women will not be tolerated.

“With the support of her family and the community, this woman showed immense bravery and courage in supporting a police investigation. I would like to thank her for her strength and the many witnesses who provided evidence. I hope the conviction goes some way to providing closure after what must have been a shocking experience.

“The Met encourages anyone who is victim, or witness to sexual assault, to contact police. There is zero tolerance for such serious offences. This conviction serves as a reminder that those who commit such horrific offences will be found and justice duly be served.”

DaCosta will be sentenced at the same court on 8th February.

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