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The former QPR junior soccer player has been jailed for only nine months for sexually assaulting single women


A former QPR junior footballer was jailed for only nine months for late night sexual assault on lonely women.

According to Wood Green Crown Court, two women waited two years for justice because the Crown Prosecutor's Office "did not treat the victims properly and sensibly".

Convicted sex offender Emmanuel Da Gama, 27, ambushed his victims on the street as they came home in areas of north London on October 4, 2018.

Whenever there was a vicious attack, he put his hand on the frightened woman's mouth to stifle her screams and asked her to perform a sex act for him.

Da Gama, who played for the QPR junior team until he was 17, pushed the first victim against a car and patted her before she could free herself.

At around 11 p.m. on October 4, 2018, 27-year-old Emmanuel Da Gama sneaked behind a second woman while she was walking down a deserted street near Bounds Green tube station (pictured) and telling her, "I'm going to kill you. "

At around 11pm he snuck behind the second woman as she was walking down a deserted street near Bounds Green tube station and telling her, "I'm going to kill you."

When the victim started screaming, he headlocked her and repeated the threat.

She managed to break free and run away. Da Gama was convicted of other sex offenses the following day after a trial in Harrow Crown Court last March.

When he was eventually charged with the two outstanding sexual assaults, the 27-year-old pleaded guilty the following day.

Judge Guy Mathieson (pictured) said the delay could be considered

Judge Guy Mathieson (pictured) said the delay could be characterized as "the left hand does not know what the right is doing".

Da Gama appeared via a link from HMP Littlehey when Judge Guy Mathieson said the delay could be characterized as "the left hand does not know what the right is doing".

Judge Mathieson said it was "unfair" to extend Da Gama's sentence at this late stage as he prepares for his release later this year.

Da Gama thanked the judge and "promised" not to commit any further offenses as he was given a nine-month prison sentence.

Prosecutor Jo Morris said, “(The first woman) was walking down a public street when she noticed a man approaching her.

"In the middle of the street, he grabbed her arm and said," I'm going to take you to the shelter, I want you to give me a blowjob. "

She struggled and the man put his hand over her mouth and pushed her back against a car.

Then he grabbed her genitals over her clothes, she could fight freely, and came home.

Later that evening around 11 p.m. (the second victim) he walked home from Bounds Green Tube Station. She turned left on Shrewsbury Road and walked diagonally to the right.

She remembers hearing footsteps from behind and a man wrapping his left arm around her mouth.

The failure of the Crown Prosecutor to "deal appropriately and sensibly with the victims" resulted in the two women attacked on October 4 waiting for justice for two years, the Wood Green Crown Court (pictured) heard

The failure of the Crown Prosecutor to "deal appropriately and sensibly with the victims" resulted in the two women attacked on October 4 waiting for justice for two years, the Wood Green Crown Court (pictured) heard

She remembers her face in the crook of his arm. He pulled up his arm, which twitched against her neck.

& # 39; She remembers the words, "I'm going to kill you" and fearing for her life she tried to free herself but the man was still holding her left forearm.

& # 39; (The woman) screamed, but Mr. Da Gama continued, "I will kill you."

& # 39; She was able to break free. Mr. Da Gama was interviewed in the prison where he made a prepared statement denying any involvement in the crime. & # 39;

Timeline: Emmanuel Da Gama's Beliefs

October 4th 2018:

Attacked a woman in the street

11pm: Another woman grabbed her near Bounds Green tube station

October 5, 2018:

Other sexual offenses

March 22, 2020

Sentenced of sexual assault in Harrow court for the October 5th offenses.

January 2021

Jailed for nine months for the two October 4 attacks.

June 2021

Due for publication

Defending himself, Irshad Sheikh said Da Gama was born in an Angolan shanty town and had a traumatic childhood before moving to the UK.

After leaving the QPR junior team at 17, he studied engineering at Kingston University and was employed before starting offending.

Mr. Sheikh said: “He was born in a shanty town in Angola, where daily life experiences were marked by poverty and violence. He was a junior footballer for QPR Football Club aged 11-17.

“He wanted to study psychology but couldn't get grades and went to Kingston University to study engineering. He got a job and then committed the crimes.

He says he has matured spiritually and pondered the damage he did to his victims. These are serious crimes, but he pleaded guilty the next day. & # 39;

Judge Mathieson told Da Gama, “As early as October 2018, you committed a number of crimes, some of which were brought up for trial by a Harrow judge, and you received an extended sentence.

“The day before, you committed two more crimes of very serious nature, in which you sexually assaulted the women and undoubtedly scared them.

“You would be alone after two years and six months in prison in each individual case.

“However, it took you more than 18 months to get to that position, and then a few more months for the Crown to do what I think was right and reasonable with your victims in this case, and they still were unable to do it.

& # 39; The explanation can be summarized as the left hand not knowing what the right hand was doing. The obvious risks you posed to women in 2018 could be seen as lessened.

I cannot imagine what the Harrow judge would have done on March 22nd if all matters had been brought before that judge.

“I think it would be unfair now for you to get closer to your release, which would significantly extend the June date. This is a penalty for every nine months imprisonment on each count. & # 39;

Da Gama replied: "Yes."

The judge warned Da Gama against offending again, to which he replied, “I will not do your honor, I promise I will not. Thank you very much. & # 39;

"I accept this promise, I hope I don't see you again and you will regret it," said Judge Mathieson.

Da Gama, who had no permanent address, admitted two sexual assaults and was sentenced to nine months in prison.

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