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Rapist admits two more attacks on women as they walked alone

Declan Brennan

Published 15/07/2014 | 02:30

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Picture shows: Salman Dar, originally from Pakistan with an Irish address at Abbey View, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, leaving court yesterday (Mon) after an appeal by the DPP (Director of Public Prosecution) resulted in his sentences for three rapes varied, In June, last year, he received a 21 year sentence for the rape of three women on different dates between February and June 2004 at three locations in Dublin City and final six years of the sentence were to be suspended. (Pic: Courtpix)
Picture shows: Salman Dar, originally from Pakistan with an Irish address at Abbey View, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, leaving court yesterday (Mon) after an appeal by the DPP (Director of Public Prosecution) resulted in his sentences for three rapes varied, In June, last year, he received a 21 year sentence for the rape of three women on different dates between February and June 2004 at three locations in Dublin City and final six years of the sentence were to be suspended. (Pic: Courtpix)

A university professor's son, who is serving a prison sentence for a series of violent rapes, has confessed to two more attacks on lone women.

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Pakistani-born Salman Dar (33) targeted blonde-haired young women walking alone late at night. He would follow them before beating and raping them.

He is serving a 15-year sentence for viciously attacking and raping three different women within a six-month period in 2004.

But the Central Criminal Court heard that Dar contacted gardai from prison, to say he wanted to confess to two more sex attacks carried out within the same six months.

He told gardai: "I had no plan. If opportunity presents, I'll attack."

He said he had gone out on each of those nights and he would pick out somebody to target.

Dar, formerly of Abbey View, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, would travel to Dublin to carry out the violent rapes.

Previously Dar pleaded guilty to raping three women on dates between February and June 2004 at three locations in Dublin city, near the Phoenix Park, in the Smithfield Markets area and on Jervis Street.

Those three victims – a 29-year-old Irish woman, a 23-year-old Polish woman and a 23-year-old Mexican woman – were all blonde-haired and walking home by themselves in the early hours of the morning when Dar approached and attacked them.

Now he has admitted two more attacks, bringing the number of victims to five.

He pleaded guilty to an attempted rape at Ranelagh on March 21, 2004. He also pleaded guilty to rape and sexual assault at Synge Street on May 23, 2004.

Caroline Cummins BL, prosecuting, said Dar was a predatory sex attacker who ambushed his victims on their way home in Dublin.

The court heard Dar's family live mainly in Canada now, his father works as a university professor and his mother works as a gynaecologist.

Sergeant Seamus Dalton said one of the victims noticed Dar following her and then walking faster as she walked faster. She decided to run to her nearby apartment and he ran after her.

She reached the main door but he was right behind her and he pushed her down onto a nearby flower bed. When she began screaming he punched her three times in the face and head and put his hand over her mouth.

Frightened

Another victim had tried unsuccessfully to get a taxi home from Dublin city centre at around 4.30am and ended up walking. She was at her flat with her keys in the door when Dar pushed from behind her.

He told her he wanted sex and she tried to push him back out and started to scream. Dar punched her in the head and face with his closed fist. The victim said she was so frightened she couldn't breathe and was afraid Dar was going to kill her.

Mr Justice Paul Carney adjourned sentencing to next Monday in order to assess the evidence and mitigating factors. He said he would be willing to consider suspending any sentence, on condition that Dar be deported immediately after his current sentence expires.

Felix McElroy, defending, said his client decided to contact gardai after four years of psychological therapy.

He said Dar was a postgraduate computer science student who came from a respected and prominent family in Lahore, Pakistan and arrived in Ireland in 2003.

Counsel said his client was diagnosed with a neurological condition at the age of 11.

Irish Independent

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