Tuesday 16 January 2018

Seven more years for rapist who confessed from jail cell

Salman Dar
Salman Dar

Declan Brennan

A UNIVERSITY lecturer's son who was jailed for the violent rape of three women he followed home has received a further seven-year sentence after he confessed behind bars to carrying out more sex attacks.

Salman Dar (33) is currently serving a 15-year sentence for viciously attacking and raping three women in separate incidents at night within a six-month period in 2004.

This sentence is due to finish in September – but the new seven-year term is to start immediately.

Yesterday the Central Criminal Court heard that in 2012 Dar contacted gardai from prison to confess to two more sex attacks carried out within the same six months.

Describing his actions on the nights, Dar told gardai: "I had no plan. If opportunity presents, I'll attack."

He said it was in the back of his head when he had gone out on each of those nights that he would pick out somebody to attack.

Caroline Cummins BL, prosecuting, said Dar was a predatory sex attacker who ambushed his victims on their way home.

Dar, formerly of Abbey View, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, pleaded guilty to an attempted rape at Ranelagh, Dublin, on March 21, 2004.

He also pleaded guilty to oral rape and sexual assault at Synge Street, Dublin, on May 23, 2004.

Dar attacked both women as they had reached the front door of their home after walking home late at night.

He repeatedly punched the victims as they tried to fight him off and screamed for help.

Sergeant Seamus Dalton said that the first victim, now aged 45, noticed Dar following her and then walking faster as she walked faster. She decided to run to her nearby apartment and he ran after her.

The second woman, now aged 42, had tried unsuccessfully to get a taxi home from Dublin city centre at around 4.30am and ended up walking. She was at her flat with her keys in the door when Dar pushed from behind her.

Mr Justice Paul Carney imposed concurrent sentences of seven years for each offence, but suspended the last two years in light of Dar's confession.

Ms Cummins said the Director of Public Prosecutions placed both offences at the higher end of the scale.

Felix McEnroy SC, defending, said his client's decision to contact gardai and make the fresh admissions was a result of four years of psychological therapy that took place at Arbour Hill prison.

He said Dar was a postgraduate computer science student who came from a respected and prominent family in Lahore, Pakistan, and arrived in Ireland in 2003. Counsel said his client was diagnosed with a neurological condition at the age of 11.

The court previously heard that he had been sexually abused by a man from the age of 14. Counsel said his client would like to leave Ireland and return to Pakistan at the earliest opportunity.

Irish Independent

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