Holland Road Resident Convicted of Rape

Diego Dellarovere attacked an Airbnb host at her home in Croydon

Diego Dellarovere. Picture: Met Police

March 19, 2024

A 43-year-old man who lives on Holland Road has been jailed for seven years after being found guilty of rape.

Italian graphic designer, Diego Dellarovere, was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, 15 March after being convicted at Croydon Crown Court in January.

He had rented a room from a woman in Croydon through Airbnb on 7 May 2021. He had spent some of the evening in Croydon before returning to attack the woman.

He said during the trial that he had rented the room because of his lifestyle and that there was a park nearby that he liked.

When he was leaving he told his host he would give her rental a good review but she reported the assault to the police and they traced him through the booking details. Initially they were unable to find Dellarovere as he was not at his home when they came to arrest him, but he eventually handed himself in to Hammersmith Police station.

Detective Constable Natalie Alchin, who led the investigation, said: "Dellarovere forced himself on this woman in her own home. Somewhere she should have felt safe and I have no doubt that she terrified.

"I am pleased our investigation has resulted in him receiving a significant custodial sentence and I would like to praise the victim for the support she has shown the investigation. We do not underestimate the impact that would have had on her.

"The Met continue to be committed to tackling violence against women and girls and I hope the outcome of this investigation gives other victims of sexual offences to come forward and report them to us."

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