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Friday 20 October 2017

Chef who lured woman into rape gets seven years

A CHEF who raped a young woman after inviting her back to his apartment for a party has been given a seven-year sentence.

Samir Mansour (48) had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the woman at his then apartment at Windmill Hill, Prospect, Dublin Road, Mullingar, on January 8, 2010.

Mansour has a current address at The Lock, Market Point, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

The Court of Criminal Appeal had last year ordered a re-trial in the case after finding that questions from a previous jury prior to his initial conviction on four charges in 2012 had rendered the outcome unsafe. The trial had also collapsed on one occasion prior to his initial conviction.

At a retrial last year, Mansour was acquitted of a number of counts but the jury disagreed on the rape charge leading to the final trial this month. The case was tried on four occasions in total.

Mr Justice Barry White said that the fact that the case had come before the court four times would have played on Mansour's mind as well as the victims. He noted the offence has had a deep and lasting 
effect on the injured party.

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He said that following the previous conviction, subsequently overturned, a sentence of nine-and-a-half years had been imposed but on that occasion there had been a conviction on three other counts as well as rape.

Mr Justice White imposed a seven-year sentence and 
suspended the final year on conditions.

Garda Joe Kenny told Patrick Marrinan SC, prosecuting, that the then 20-year-old woman had been out socialising before going to a nightclub where she met Mansour, who suggested they go back to his apartment where he was having a few friends over.

The woman told him she was gay and Mansour told her he was also gay.

When Mansour indicated his friends would not be coming, she tried unsuccessfully to call friends and a taxi.

Mansour began making lewd remarks and told her: "All gay people have sex together."

She said Mansour became aggressive and grabbed her by the arms. He easily overpowered her and manhandled her into a bedroom where he raped her.

Afterwards he told her he was sorry and asked if they could still be friends.

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