Monday 24 July 2017

Rapist attacked woman who lost friends

A jury found Okda guilty of two counts of raping the woman and one count of sexual assault in the flat. Stock photo
A jury found Okda guilty of two counts of raping the woman and one count of sexual assault in the flat. Stock photo

Declan Brennan

A man has been found guilty of raping a woman he met after she became lost on a night out in Dublin's city centre.

Mohamed Okda (30), who is an Egyptian national with an address at Coolfin, Rathdowney, Co Laois, was staying at a friend's flat in the city on February 9, 2014, when he met the woman in an upset state.

A jury found Okda guilty of two counts of raping the woman and one count of sexual assault in the flat.

Mr Justice Michael Moriarty thanked the jurors for their care and diligence and told them it was a verdict he agreed with.

He remanded the man into custody for sentence on July 28.

Gardaí had objected to a defence application to allow Okda remain on bail.

Sean Guerin SC, prosecuting, told the court that there was an issue regarding his residency here and gardaí considered him a flight risk.

In her evidence, the victim - a married mother - said that she lived outside Dublin and was visiting the city with two female friends for a night out. At the end of the night she said she was drunk and tired.

She lost her friends and became upset because they weren't responding to texts or phone calls.

The accused man approached her and offered to help her find her friends, she said.

He suggested she come back to the flat where she could continue to try to contact her friends on her phone. He then attacked her when she got to the flat.

She said she was disoriented and as soon she left the flat she ran across the road and started trying to stop cars. Four cars passed her before a taxi stopped and she told him she had been raped, she testified. The driver took her to the local station.

Irish Independent

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