Thursday 29 September 2016

Man (34) who raped girl with Down syndrome to be sentenced

Conor Gallagher

Published 18/01/2016 | 11:40

Pakistani Faisal Ellahi (34) was found guilty of rape. Photo: Paddy Cummins/PCPhoto.ie
Pakistani Faisal Ellahi (34) was found guilty of rape. Photo: Paddy Cummins/PCPhoto.ie

The sentencing hearing of a man who raped a woman with Down’s syndrome has begun at the Central Criminal Court this morning.

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Faisal Ellahi (34) faces up to life in prison after being convicted by a jury last December of rape and sexual assault following a five week trial.

During the trial the jury saw DVDs of interviews with the victim in which she said she became separated from her mother on the street before being stopped by Ellahi. He took her to his house where the rape and sexual assault occurred.

Ellahi, who is originally from Haripur in Pakistan, pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape, sexual assault and having sex with a mentally impaired person at his Dublin home on June 12, 2013. The jury was not required to deliberate on the third count if it convicted of rape.

Several of the jurors from the trial are present in court for this morning's hearing.

Following a summary of the evidence Mr Justice Tony Hunt will hear an impact statement from the victim's mother while the victim watches via video-link from a another room in the court building.

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