A man raped and assaulted a woman he met online multiple times after locking and chaining her front door.
Charles Akpoveta, 33, a delivery driver from Luton, was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court yesterday (January 17) to 17 years in prison.
Akpoveta travelled to the victim’s flat in Tower Hamlets, East London, after meeting her via a social media app.
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They had consensual sex, before Akpoveta’s mood changed and he spat in her face.
The victim asked him to leave, but he bolted and chained the front door.
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He violently assaulted the victim for a number of hours in the property, including strangling, biting, and urinating on her.
The victim was able to call the police at a point during the night.
Akpoveta was arrested on-site and taken to an East London police station.
In November 2021, Akpoveta was found guilty of four counts of rape, three counts of assault by penetration, three counts of sexual assault and one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without their consent.
He was also charged with three counts of assault by beating at a previous trial in October 2020.
Detective Constable Matthew Cooksey, investigating, said: “First and foremost, I would like to commend the victim of these attacks for her bravery and determination throughout the investigation, in particular dealing with two cross-examinations across two trials and her unwavering commitment to working with detectives throughout.
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“Her strength of character is inspiring.
“Throughout our investigation, Akpoveta paraded as a man who had been wrongly accused, claiming that everything which he subjected the victim to was consensual. This couldn’t have been further from the truth.
“I hope that today’s result will give the victim some respite, and also demonstrate the Met’s determination in ending violence against women and girls and bringing predatory offenders to justice.”
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