Saturday 23 February 2019

Rapist attacked woman he invited home for dinner

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Aoife Nic Ardghail

A Pakistani man has been sentenced to six years in jail for raping a woman he invited to his home for dinner.

Shafiq Quadri (49) was convicted at the Central Criminal Court last October of raping the woman on January 20, 2016. Quadri, who came to Ireland in 2001 and formerly had an address at Barr Aille, Tuam Road, Galway, had denied the charge.

Mr Justice White said the victim had extended the hand of friendship to Quadri and he had breached the trust she placed in him.

The woman had accepted the invitation to his home and spent a nice evening together eating and drinking. However, her trust was cruelly broken by Quadri and he took advantage of her after she had consumed too much alcohol, the judge said.

After sentence was delivered, Quadri stood and asked to address the court. He said: "I am here because of my own sins."

He then claimed he was advised before the trial he would be convicted if he did not shave off his beard.

Sergeant Michael Guerin told Shane Costelloe SC, prosecuting, the woman had some interactions with Quadri before she accepted an invitation to his flat. She ate a meal and had about four drinks of alcohol.

At one point she had to use the bathroom and Quadri suggested she used one off his bedroom. The woman recalled coming out of the bathroom but had little memory of what happened next.

She told gardaí she was on the bed naked with Quadri on top of her and his penis in her vagina. When she shouted at him to stop, Quadri put his hand over her mouth and told her "ssshh".

Irish Independent

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