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'Broadchurch' actor sentenced to eight years for sexual assault

Nyakeh Kpaka.jpg
Nyakeh Kpaka.jpg

An actor who appeared in popular TV shows Broadchurch and Grantchester has been jailed for eight years after sexually assaulting "vulnerable lone" victims, the Met Police said

Nyakeh Kpaka, 26, from Wood Green, North London - described as a "dangerous sexual predator" - was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Tuesday.

Kpaka - who uses the acting name Nakay Kpaka - attacked two lone women on separate occasions as they slept at house parties.

In May 2015 he climbed into bed at a party in Blackheath, assaulted a sleeping woman twice, and was arrested after she ran screaming from the room.

Kpaka was bailed after insisting it was consensual but was undone when a second victim came forward with similar allegations from a party in Finsbury Park in December 2014.

Neither victim knew their attacker prior to the party, the Met said.

Kpaka has appeared in Broadchurch - starring David Tennant - as well as Grantchester with Robson Green, according to IMDB.

The movie database also lists him as training at the Drama Centre in London, "whose alumni include Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender, Emilia Clarke, Helen McCrory, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan".

Detective Constable 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 whilst 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."

In total, he was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault by penetration and given five years in jail for the two offences in 2015 and three years for the 2014 offence.