Monday 29 December 2014

Serial rapist sentenced to seven years after confessing to two more attacks

Declan Brennan

Published 21/07/2014 | 12:37

Courts of Criminal Justice

A man who was jailed in 2005 for the violent rape of three women he followed home has received a seven year sentence after he confessed to carrying out two more sex attacks.

Salman Dar (33), who is originally from Pakistan, is currently serving a 15 year sentence for viciously attacking and raping three women in separate incidents at night within a six month period in 2004. The seven year term is to start immediately, running alongside his current sentence.

Today the Central Criminal Court heard that in 2012 Dar contacted gardaí from prison to confess to two more sex attacks carried out within the same six months.

Describing his actions on the nights Dar told gardaí: “I had no plan. If opportunity presents, I'll attack”. He said it was in the back of his head when he had gone out on each of those nights and he would pick out somebody.

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

Dar, formerly of Abbey View, Ballyhaunis, County Mayo pleaded guilty to an attempted rape at Ranelagh, Dublin on March 21, 2004. He also pleaded guilty to oral rape and sexual assault at Synge Street, Dublin on May 23, 2004.

Dar attacked both women as they had reached the front door of their home after walking home late at night. He repeatedly punched the victims as they tried to fight him off and screamed for help. The victims are now aged 42 and 45.

Mr Justice Paul Carney imposed concurrent sentences of seven years for each offence. He suspended the last two years in light of Dar's confession. The sentence is to start immediately, running alongside his 15 year term.

Ms Cummins said the Director of Public Prosecutions places both offences at the higher end of the scale. The rape and oral rape offences carry maximum sentences of life.

Felix McEnroy SC, defending, said his client’s decision to contact gardaí was a result of four years of psychological therapy that took place at Arbour Hill prison.

He said Dar was a postgraduate computer science student who comes 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.

The court previously heard that he had been sexually abused by a man individually and collectively from the age of 14. Counsel said his client would like to leave Ireland and return to Pakistan at the earliest opportunity.

At the 2005 hearing Dar pleaded guilty to raping three other women on dates between February and June 2004 at three locations in Dublin city: near the Phoenix Park, near Smithfield Market 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.

Two of them were attacked in their own apartment buildings after Dar followed them home. Dar beat all three women viciously before forcing them to perform oral sex on him.

Mr Justice Carney had imposed a sentence of 21 years with six years suspended in 2005 but in February 2006 the Court of Criminal Appeal reduced it to 15 years.

Today, Mr Justice Carney also imposed an 18 month post release supervision order but said this would no be required if Dar leaves the country after completing his custodial sentence.

Sergeant Seamus Dalton said that first victim, now aged 45, 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.

The attack stopped only when another resident of the apartment complex came to her assistance. In 2012 Dar told Sgt Dalton he intended to rape this woman.

The second woman, aged 42, 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 breath and was afraid Dar was going to kill her.

She decided she should do what he wanted and she took off her trousers and underwear. Dar forced her to perform oral sex on him.

The attack only stopped when a neighbour heard her calling for help and came to find out what was wrong, He went to grab Dar but the rapist pushed him back and fled.

In her victim impact report this woman said that since the rape she suffers panic attacks on the elevators and often has the feeling of being followed. She said she doesn’t like when men look at her and doesn’t trust men.

The court heard she suffered bruising to her knees, leg and ankle. Her eye was swollen and her hair was matted with blood after the attack.

Mr McElroy said that Dar, who is originally from Poonch Road, Islami Park, Lahore had a very, very troubled and difficult childhood during which distressing and disgusting things happened to him during his primary school years.

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.

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