Judge jails rapist for robberies of women
A JUDGE has jailed a previously convicted rapist for two robberies on women walking alone at night.
Judge Patrick McCartan said that the defendant's previous conviction in Romania for rape added a "disturbing dimension" to the attacks.
The man, who had been jailed in Romania for four months as a minor, attacked two women and carried out two separate robberies on women on the same night in Dublin before being frightened off by passers-by.
Judge McCartan made his comments as he sentenced Romanian national Raitan Ciurar (26) to five years with two suspended on condition he leaves the country on his release and does not return for seven years.
"I assume from his appearance that he's from the Roma community who came here to do what all of them tend to do, to use the streets to beg," said the judge.
Ciurar, with an address at St Anthony's Road, Rialto, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of robbery in the Rialto area on September 21, 2010.
Judge McCartan refused a defence application to impose a non-custodial sentence and deport Ciurar.
Detective Garda David Gilmore told prosecuting counsel Anne Rowland that his first victim was walking on the South Circular Road when Ciurar dragged her to the ground. A passer-by stepped in, causing Ciurar to grab her bag and flee. The passer-by chased him and recovered the bag but Ciurar escaped.
Shortly afterwards, a nurse was walking home when Ciurar grabbed her from behind and put a knife to her neck.
He kicked her five or six times before a man shouted at him and he fled. Gardai found him nearby.