Wednesday 20 September 2017

Man found guilty of drugging and raping women

Sonya McLean

A COMPUTER expert has been convicted of raping two friends after taking them home and drugging them.

Kapil Garg (34) met the women outside a nightclub, then gave them a sedative, claiming that it was ecstasy, before raping them.

Garg is originally from India but was renting a room in Whitefriar Place, Dublin at the time. He has been remanded in custody since the women made the allegations in July 2011.

He had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping and sexually assaulting the first woman and raping the second woman at his home on July 2, 2011.

But the jury of six men and six women returned its guilty verdict following four-and-a-half hours of deliberations on day seven of the trial.

The jury heard that the two women met Garg outside a nightclub at 3am. They went back to his house on the understanding that he would give them ecstasy tablets.

The women said he gave them half a pill each and that the three of them later went into his bedroom after they had started to feel tired.

The first woman told the jury that she later woke to find Garg having sex with her friend, who, she said, appeared to be asleep.

She tried to wake her friend but was unsuccessful and fell back asleep herself. She woke, lying on her stomach, to find Garg sitting on her legs.

He then raped her.

"I froze. I could not move. I could not register what was going on," the woman said.

Anti-depressants

The woman pushed herself up on her arms and asked Garg: "What the hell are you doing?" He then stopped having sex with her and got up.

During the trial Garg was described as a "well-educated, well-travelled, cosmopolitan man of the world" who had earned a masters degree in computing in California.

Pauline Walley, prosecuting, said he was a "very smart manipulative man" who tried to stymie the jury by giving "rambling and confusing answers".

Garg admitted that he had sex with both women after giving them a relaxant but claimed the sex had been consensual.

Mr Justice Barry White remanded Garg in continuing custody and adjourned the case to December for sentence.

The court also heard that gardai recovered almost 360 anti-depressant tablets from his apartment, which were later sent for analysis.

Dr John Morris, a pharmacist with the Irish Medicine Board, said this specific anti-depressant had sedating properties.

Irish Independent

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