Man jailed for rape in Worthing after victim recorded attack

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A man who raped and sexually assaulted a woman has been jailed for seven years.

David Pacera, 42, of no fixed address, was convicted of four serious sexual offences after his victim was able to record the attack on her phone.

On 3 January, a woman reported she had been raped and sexually assaulted by Pacera at a property in Worthing.

The victim, who has lifelong anonymity, was safeguarded and supported by specialist officers while an investigation was swiftly launched.

Pacera was arrested later that day and subsequently charged with rape, attempted rape, digital penetration and sexual assault.

During a five-day trial at Chichester Crown Court, an audio recording of the incident was played to the jury which included the victim saying ‘no’ multiple times.

Pacera was found guilty on Friday, 28 June of all counts.

At Hove Crown Court on Friday (5 July), he was jailed for seven years, given an indefinite Restraining Order and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

Detective Constable Ellie Treagust said: “I would once again like to thank the victim for the incredible courage and determination she has shown to report this incident and support the investigation through to its conclusion.

“Without her resolve, aided by an audio recording made during the terrifying ordeal, we would not have been able to put a dangerous predator behind bars where he can cause no further harm to the public.”

If you are a victim of sexual offending, please report it to police online or via 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency. You will be believed, you will be supported and we will do everything we can to get you justice.

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