A detective has called jailed sex offender Luiz da Silva Neto “a very dangerous man” after he was handed a 22 year sentence for drugging and sexually assaulting two men at a Middle Barton cottage.

The defendant, of Wandsworth, was sentenced today (July 7) at Oxford Crown Court after a 12-strong jury found him guilty following a two-and-half week trial last month.

The 36-year-old was sentenced for rape, administering a substance with intent to stupefy or overpower, causing or inciting another to engage in sexual activity without consent and possession of a ‘party bag’ of illegal drugs.

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Delivering the sentence, Judge Michael Gledhill said: “You were quite happy to have sex with as many men as you could get whether they were willing to have sex with you or not.

“You were more than happy to have sex with men who you know were heterosexual and why you were happy to do that I’m not going to speculate.

“The sentence is going to be substantial as they are very serious offences.”

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Investigating officer, detective inspector James Holden-White said: “I am pleased that Luiz da Silva Neto has been jailed for 22 years for his heinous crimes. Da Silva Neto is a sexual predator and a very dangerous man, as such the streets are a much safer place with him behind bars.

“Da Silva Neto used what presents as a well-practiced modus operandi; targeting men, administering a substance to incapacitate and overpower his chosen victim, and then engaging in sexual activity with them, knowing they are not in a position to consent.

“Da Silva Neto deliberately targeted heterosexual men whom he believed would be especially unlikely to report the offences to police, but he was wrong.

“The two victims have shown immense bravery throughout and it is because of them that da Silva Neto has been convicted and jailed.

“We are keeping an open mind as to the possibility that da Silva Neto has committed other offences.

“Therefore, if you have any information regarding this investigation please contact Thames Valley Police via the following email address OperationJion@thamesvalley.police.uk

“Alternatively, you can make a report online or call 101, quoting reference ‘Operation Jion’. You can also report anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or via its website.

“We are working with the charity, the Survivors Trust, who can be contacted by calling 08088 010818 or visiting its website at www.thesurvivorstrust.org

“We have dedicated officers who are specialised in investigating sexual offences.

“We will listen, investigate appropriately and help victims to access any support services tailored to their needs.

“Please be reassured that the identity of any victims will be protected.”


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This story was written by Sophie Perry. She joined the team in 2021 as a digital reporter.

You can get in touch with her by emailing: sophie.perry@newsquest.co.uk

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