Thursday 26 April 2018

Man found guilty of raping woman 'lost on night out in Dublin' does not accept verdict - court

Mohamed Okda . Pic Collins Courts
Mohamed Okda . Pic Collins Courts

Declan Brennan

A man found guilty of raping a woman he met after she became lost on a night out in Dublin city does not accept the jury verdict, a court has heard.

Egyptian national Mohamed Okda (30) was staying in a friend's flat in the city in February 2014 when he met the woman in an upset state.

Okda, formerly of Coolfin, Rathdowney, Co Laois had pleaded not guilty to two counts of raping the woman and one count of sexual assault at a flat in Dublin city centre on a date on February 9, 2014.

Last July, after a seven day trial at the Central Criminal Court, a jury took just under three hours to return unanimous guilty verdicts on all counts.

In her evidence the 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. She said once back in the flat he raped her.

She said she feared for her life. She told the court that she now “a broken person” since the attack.

Today Ciaran O'Loughlin SC, defending, asked the court to adjourn sentencing because the defence needed more time to obtain a psychological report.

Counsel said that their client's position was that there were two people in his flat when he came back with the woman. He said that these men were not interviewed by gardai and that this was of considerable concern to his client.

He said his client doesn't accept the guilty verdict and in those circumstances it was important the report was completed and provided to the court before sentence is imposed.

The victim was not in court for the hearing and Mr Justice Michael Moriarty agreed to adjourn the sentence hearing to October 23 next.

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