Wednesday, November 30, 2022

‘More victims’ feared after unlicensed tattoo artist raped woman in apartment

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Brazilian Dewal Dos Santos Silva, 37, was contacted by the victim, a woman in her 30s, who arranged to go to his home Wembley to get a tattoo.

While at his home on the evening of October 30, 2020, the victim became dazed and lost consciousness before waking up in the early hours of the following morning to find Dos Santos Silva raping her.

He then texted him apologizing for the “screw-up” and asking if she was mad at him.

Dos Santos Silva was arrested by police on November 3 of the same year, claiming he could not remember what happened.

Police say there is a “possibility” more victims will come forward.

Detective Constable Ian Smith, of the metropolitan police North West Command Unit, said: “The victim had some confidence in Dos Santos Silva as she had met him on a previous occasion for a piercing which went off without incident.

“This time he used and abused her trust in the most horrific way, making her uncomfortable with lewd comments before he raped her.

“Her bravery and courage are remarkable and I hope that the imprisonment of Dos Santos Silva will help her to begin the next chapter in her life.

“It is possible that there are other victims of Dos Santos Silva who have come forward.

“I would encourage anyone who may have been a victim to get in touch with us.

“We will listen to you, we will investigate and we will take action.”

Dos Santos Silva, from High Road, Wembley, north-west London, was found guilty of rape at Harrow Crown Court on Thursday and sentenced to 13 years in prison, with an additional five years served on licence.

A restraining order was also issued, prohibiting him from directly or indirectly contacting the victim.

He was found not guilty of intentionally administering a substance.

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While at his home on the evening of October 30, 2020, the victim became dazed and lost consciousness before waking up in the early hours of the following morning to find Dos Santos Silva raping her.

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