‘Predatory’ man jailed for raping sleeping woman

Marcelle DaCosta, a 36-year-old from Leyton, was jailed for six years

Marcelle DaCosta (credit: Met Police)

A Leyton man was jailed for six years today after raping a sleeping woman at a house party in Enfield.

Marcelle DaCosta, a 36-year-old from West End Avenue, was previously found guilty of rape by a unanimous jury at Wood Green Crown Court, following a trial in January.

The court heard his victim, a woman in her 20s, attended a house party on 6th February 2021, before leaving for a different house party with DaCosta and two others.

After she was prevented from leaving twice, she fell asleep at the party in the early hours of the morning and was raped by DaCosta, which she reported to the police six days later.

Detective Sergeant Myles Bossman 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.

“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.”