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A homeless man has pleaded guilty to raping a woman in the early hours of the morning outside St Faith's Church on the Ealing/Brentford border.

The 17 year old was attacked as she waited for an E2 bus around 1am on May 25th, Bank Holiday Monday.

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

A match on the DNA database identified homeless David Simapuka,43 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 with two counts of rape and with further offences which were left to lie on file

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."

Simapuka will be sentenced on Friday the 16th October.




September 4, 2009