Rapist granted €100,000 bail ahead of appeal

A TUNISIAN man jailed this week for raping a woman, after tricking her into coming to his apartment by saying he was gay, has been granted bail of €100,000 pending an appeal of his effective eight-year sentence.

But the Court of Criminal Appeal said Samir Mansour must first have the cash lodged in court before consideration is given to his release.

Mansour (46), of Windmill Hill, Prospect, Mullingar, had pleaded not guilty to rape, sexual assault, false imprisonment and making threats to kill the 20-year-old woman at his Westmeath home on January 8, 2010.

A Central Criminal Court jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts. The defence is arguing that the verdict is unsafe. The case was put back to January 14.