Thursday 29 September 2016

IQ report that delayed rapist sentencing will not be used

Conor Gallagher

Published 17/02/2016 | 02:30

Faisal Ellahi.
Faisal Ellahi.

A psychological report on a man who raped a young woman with Down Syndrome will not be presented as part of his mitigation.

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Faisal Ellahi was convicted at the Central Criminal Court last year of raping the woman after luring her back to his home when she became separated from her mother on the street in June 2013.

Ellahi's sentencing has been repeatedly adjourned to allow the defence prepare a psychological report to back up the claim the 34-year-old has a low IQ.

Yesterday counsel for Ellahi, Padraig Dwyer SC, told the court "there won't be any further evidence of a psychological nature". Mr Justice Tony Hunt adjourned the case until March 14 and granted permission for Ellahi's victim to view sentencing via video-link.

The defence had claimed Ellahi has an IQ level of 73, where below 70 indicates a mental disability.

Irish Independent

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