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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Brute with 5 identities in vicious attacks on city women

A MAN whose identity remains unclear to gardai has received a five-year sentence for attacking and mugging women in separate incidents.

Foreign national Miloud Touzani, whose fingerprints matched a Mohammad Hassan in the UK, a Mohammad Jamal in Belgium and Miloud Chin and Miloud Et Touzan in Spain, was convicted by a jury earlier this month of three robberies in Ireland last year.

He had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of robbing two women of their phones on Adelaide Road on June 12, 2010 and robbing another woman of her phone and handbag around the same location on June 13, 2010.

He had also denied handling stolen property at his Hatch Hall hostel address on Hatch Street on June 13, 2010.

Detective Garda Eugene McCarthy told the court that Touzani, who gave his date of birth as January 1, 1987, attacked a group of girls walking home from a night out and robbed two of their phones.

He said another woman was fumbling for her keys in a porch to her apartment around the same area the next night when she noticed a male approach.

He punched her on the head and slammed her against a wall. She suffered a broken finger.

Two Hatch Hall staff members identified Touzani as the male in CCTV footage and gardai arrested him in his room on June 13, 2010.



Asylum

The court heard there were five arrest warrants outstanding in Spain for the male matching Touzani's fingerprints for suspected armed robbery and aggravated burglary.

John Fitzgerald, defending, said his client was born in Morocco but left in 2006. He travelled to France and Belgium where he worked illegally. He was refused asylum in the UK in 2009 and had applied under a different name for fear he would be sent back to Morocco

The judge suspended the final two years of the sentence on condition that Touzani leaves the country on his release and doesn't return for ten years.

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