A "predatory" man raped a woman after she fell asleep during a party in Enfield.

Marcelle DaCosta, 36, was unanimously found guilty of rape following a trial at Wood Green Crown Court on Monday (January 16).

DaCosta, of West End Avenue, Leyton, was at a party in Enfield on February 6, 2021, where the victim in her 20s also attended.

She left the gathering and attended two further addresses with DaCosta and two others.

She tried leaving twice these other parties but in the early hours of February 7, DaCosta took advantage of her when she fell asleep.

She reported the incident to police on February 13, 2021 and detectives launched an investigation while the woman was supported by specialist officers.

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

Detective Sergeant Myles Bossman said: “DaCosta is an extremely dangerous individual.

“In what can only be described as predatory (behaviour), he subjected a woman scarcely known to him to serious sexual assault without any remorse for his actions.

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

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

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