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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Jailed rapist gets seven more years for other attacks

Salman Dar. Photo: Courtpix
Salman Dar. Photo: Courtpix

A Pakistani man who was jailed in 2005 for the violent rape of three women he followed home has received a seven-year sentence after he confessed to carrying out two more sex attacks.

Salman Dar (33) is currently serving a 15-year sentence for attacking and raping three women in separate incidents at night within a six-month period in 2004. That sentence is due to finish in September. The additional seven years will begin immediately.

The Central Criminal Court heard yesterday 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, he 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, and he would pick out somebody.

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

Dar, formerly of Abbey View, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, pleaded guilty to attempted rape at Ranelagh on March 21, 2004. He also pleaded guilty to oral rape and sexual assault at Synge Street on May 23, 2004.

Dar attacked both women as they reached the front door of their home after walking home late at night. He repeatedly punched them as they tried to fight him off and screamed for help. The victims are now aged 42 and 45.

Mr Justice Paul Carney imposed concurrent sentences of seven years for each offence. He suspended the last two years in light of Dar's confession. The sentence is to start immediately, running alongside his 15-year term.

Ms Cummins said the DPP placed both offences at the higher end of the scale. The rape and oral rape offences carry maximum sentences of life.

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

He said Dar was a post-graduate computer science student who comes from a respected and prominent family in Lahore 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 Dar had been sexually abused by a man individually and collectively from the age of 14. Counsel said his client would like to leave Ireland and return to Pakistan at the earliest opportunity.

At the 2005 hearing, Dar pleaded guilty to raping three other women on dates between February and June 2004 at three locations in Dublin city - near the Phoenix Park, near Smithfield Market and in Jervis Street.

Those three victims - a 29-year-old Irish woman, a 23-year-old Polish woman and a 23-year-old Mexican woman - were all blonde and walking home by themselves in the early hours when Dar approached and attacked them.

Two of them were attacked in their own apartment buildings after Dar followed them home. He beat all three women viciously before forcing them to perform oral sex on him.

Mr Justice Carney had imposed a sentence of 21 years with six suspended in 2005, but in February 2006 the Court of Criminal Appeal reduced it to 15 years.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Carney also imposed an 18-month post-release supervision order, but said this would no be required if Dar leaves the country after completing his custodial sentence.

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