Guilty Plea To Two Counts Of Rape

A swift prosecution after May rape

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A man pleaded guilty to two counts of rape at Isleworth Crown Court this Wednesday (2nd September) following a rape in Brentford in 2009.

David SIMAPUKA, aged 43 (7.5.66), of NFA will be sentenced on Friday the 16th October.

Detective Sergeant Louise Caveen of Hounslow Sapphire Unit said:

"Simapuka is a dangerous man who I have no doubt would have continued to carry out similar offences had he not been caught. I am pleased that the evidence against him led to him pleading guilty to these offences today, meaning that the victim was spared from having to relive her experience in court.

"Anyone who is a victim of this type of crime can be assured that the Metropolitan Police Service treat all reports of rape seriously."

Between 0100hrs and 0230hrs on 25th May 2009 a 17 year old female was dragged from a bus stop in Windmill Lane, Brentford and raped in a nearby graveyard.

An investigation was launched by Hounslow Sapphire Team and DNA samples were obtained from the victim.

A match on the DNA database identified Simapuka as being responsible.

Extensive enquiries were undertaken to trace his whereabouts and it became clear that he was moving around the country and changing mobile phones frequently to avoid being arrested.

Officers received information which led them to an address in Watford where Simapuka was found and arrested on 3rd July 2009. It is believed he may have been intending to leave the UK immeninently as he had a new passport.

He was subsquently charged as above and with further offences which were left to lie on file.

September 3, 2009

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