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Men who robbed Stoke Newington brothel and raped women inside convicted

|News, Sexual offences

Three men who took part in a plot to rob a brothel and raped two women inside have been convicted.

David Fonseca, 27, Adilson Mendes-Namdja-Uare, 23, and Edmilson Caimanque, 23, stormed their way into a Stoke Newington basement flat at around 11pm on 12 June 2019.

They threatened two women inside with a knife and an axe, before binding their wrists and feet with tape and placing bags over their heads. Fonseca then raped one of the women and Caimanque raped both before the group fled with £1,250 in cash and a mobile phone. They also took the building’s CCTV system with them.

The victims, having advertised their services on Vivastreet, had only been staying at the flat for three days when they were attacked.

Following a trial at Wood Green Crown Court which concluded today (Friday, 12 February 2021), Fonseca, Caimanque and Mendes-Namdja-Uare were convicted of two counts of robbery. Fonseca was also convicted of one count of rape and Caimanque was convicted of two counts of rape in relation to both victims.

One victim attended a sexual health clinic the next day and a nurse called the police.

Oliva Ball, from the CPS, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the victims. They were tied up with tape, had bin bags placed over their heads and then they were horrifically raped and robbed.

"The prosecution case included DNA evidence from the condoms that Caimanque and Fonseca had left behind. Fingerprints from these defendants were also found to match fingerprints on bags left at the scene, contradicting the defence claim that Caimanque and Fonseca had partaken in consensual sex for which they had paid.

“Despite the attackers taking the building’s CCTV system, the prosecution was able to show that all three defendants were in the area at the time of the incident by piecing together CCTV from other cameras in the vicinity.

“We are incredibly grateful to both victims who supported this prosecution. Sexual offences can have a devastating impact and it is important that victims have the confidence to report crimes and see their attackers face justice.”

Sentencing will take place at a later date.

Notes to editors

  • Olivia Ball is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit in CPS London North
  • David Fonseca (DOB: 25/01/1994) is from Forest Gate in the London borough of Newham
  • Adilson Mendes-Namdja-Uare (DOB: 01/12/1997) is from Forest Gate in the London borough of Newham
  • Edmilson Caimanque (DOB: 27/03/1997) is from East Ham in the London borough of Newham.

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