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Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Broadchurch actor jailed for eight years over sexual assaults

Two victims came forward after being attacked at parties

An actor, who appeared in hit ITV crime drama Broadchurch, has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment for sexual assault.

Nyakek Kpaka, who uses the acting name Nakay Kpaka and also appeared in Grantchester, was found guilty of attacking two lone women on separate occasions - as they slept at house parties.

Kpaka is a dangerous sexual predator.

In May 2015, Kpaka climbed into bed at a party in Blackheath, south east London, and twice attacked a sleeping woman.

The 26-year-old was arrested after the victim ran screaming from the room.

He was bailed after claiming that the incident was consensual.

However, a second woman made a similar allegation about a house party in Finsbury Park, north London, in December 2014.

Neither victim knew their attacker before the parties, the Met reported.

DC Peter Thompson, from the Met's sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, said: "Kpaka is a dangerous sexual predator who has attacked vulnerable lone women while they were sleeping in bed at two different house parties.

"Thankfully he has now been caught and convicted and is serving a prison sentence.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank those present at the parties who came to the assistance of the victims, and the victims themselves, who showed a great degree of courage to report these offences and give evidence against Kpaka."

The offender was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault by penetration and given three years for the 2014 attack, and five years for the assault in 2015.