Wednesday 17 January 2018

Rapist gets 12 years for luring two women to his flat and drugging them

Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

AN INDIAN man has been sentenced to 12 years for the predatory rape of two friends he lured back to his apartment where he drugged them.

Mr Justice Barry White today sentenced Katil Garg (35), who is originally from Mumbai, at the Central Criminal Court.

He suspended three years of the sentence.

Garg had been renting a room in a house in Friar Place, Dublin 8, at the time.

He has been in custody since the girls reported the incident in July 2012.

He had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping and sexually assaulting the first woman and also denied charges of raping the second woman at his home on July 2, 2011.

He was convicted by the jury following a seven-day trial in October.

During the course of the trial the court heard that he had “lured then back to his apartment under the pretext of having ‘E’”.

Pauline Walley SC prosecuting said Garg admitted giving the girls a drug which he knew had a sedative effect and knew was not ecstasy.

She said he had full penetrative sex with both victims without a condom.

Sentencing Mr Garg, Mr Justice White said that he was taking into account the nature of the offensive act he had committed and having regard to the fact that there are two victims.

He said: “It is a great pity for all concerned that you waited for the eve of sentence to accept responsibility.”

Mr Justice White said that, had he admitted his guilt at an earlier stage in court, this would have spared the victims the feelings of anxiety they must have faced in advance of the trial.

Mr Justice White said: “I cannot but take a serious view of your offensive behaviour. You took advantage of two intoxicated young women”

He said that Mr Garg had given them a drug that had a sedative effect.

The court was told that Garg’s family were offering the girls €20,000 as a token but the court heard the victims were “repulsed” by the offer.

The judge said that he noted the victims’ attitude which he readily appreciated and understood.

He said that he had “no doubt the sum of €20,000 represented a very large sum in Indian terms”.

He said you would understand how getting the money must have put a strain on his parents who are elderly.

However, he said it seemed to him he should not force these women to accept money.

“These are monies your solicitor should return to each of your parents,” he said.

He said he was imposing a sentence of 12 years in each count of rape to run concurrently, with the final three years to be suspended, he also sentenced him to three years for the sexual assault which will run concurrently.

The sentencing was backdated to the date of his incarceration which was July 3, 2011.

Mr Justice White also certified Garg as a sex offender.

He said that he could not ignore Garg’s previous conviction in the US which was described as a “battery conviction”.

In victim impact statements, the two women gave evidence that the offences had changed their lives forever, affected relationships and left them struggling to concentrate in colleges and on exams.

The first woman said she was glad she reported the incident but will never stop regretting the decision they made that night to go back to a stranger’s house which she said was completely out of character for them.

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