Wednesday 17 January 2018

Asylum seeker jailed for brutal rape

Artek Khachatryan: jailed for nine years with two suspended. Michael Mac Sweeney/Cork Courts
Artek Khachatryan: jailed for nine years with two suspended. Michael Mac Sweeney/Cork Courts
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A MOTHER lured into a flat and brutally raped by an Armenian asylum seeker said she no longer enjoys being a woman.

The young mother of one said the rape left her so traumatised that she is now afraid to go to sleep at night because of her recurring nightmares.

Her comments came as Artek Khachatryan (29) was jailed for nine years with two years suspended. He had denied the rape but was convicted by majority vote of a Central Criminal Court jury last December.

Mr Justice Paul Carney jailed Khachatryan as he said he had to take into account the serious nature of the offence, the violence used against the victim and the fact the Armenian had threatened to rape the woman again at a future time.

The woman, in a victim-impact statement, said she was left feeling ashamed, afraid, depressed and sick.

Her attacker, who arrived in Ireland in 2005, insisted throughout that the sex was consensual.

The attack occurred on September 16, 2011, in a flats complex in Cork just minutes after the woman had dropped her daughter to a friend who was taking the child to a funfair.

When she arrived back at the complex where she lived, she met the defendant near a lift and agreed to enter his flat after he told her he had some work for her firm.

Once inside the flat, the defendant grabbed the woman and raped her.

The victim said the rape had cost her her relationship with her partner as she is no longer comfortable around men.

She also said she felt the defendant "must really hate me" to have acted that way.

The woman has been hospitalised eight times since the attack for stress and anxiety.

Irish Independent

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