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Tuesday 28 January 2020

Man who groped women in pub had PTSD, court hears

Groper Nourden Belarbi. Photo: Collins Courts
Groper Nourden Belarbi. Photo: Collins Courts

A pub-goer who sexually assaulted two women in the same Dublin bar by groping them was a former Algerian soldier who had suffered from PTSD, a court has heard.

Nourden Belarbi (31) was chased away by the first victim when he grabbed her breast, then had a drink thrown over him by the second woman when he groped her bottom.

The first woman saw what happened to the second and went over to tell her she too had been assaulted, before alerting security.

Risk

Judge Colin Daly said Belarbi had to be assessed for "sexual risk" before sentencing, and ordered a probation report.

The accused, of Richmond Court, Longford Town - and formerly of Grace Park Gardens, Drumcondra, Dublin - was remanded on continuing bail. He had previously pleaded guilty.

Dublin District Court heard the incidents happened at a pub in north Dublin on October 14 last year. Neither of the victims knew Belarbi.

The first woman (41) was out with friends when she was approached by the accused.

He proceeded to grab her breast and she became upset and chased him away, the court heard.

Belarbi then went to another area in the same pub and approached the second victim (30). He grabbed this woman on her bottom and she became upset and threw a drink over the accused, the court heard.

The first victim observed what happened and approached the second woman and told her "she too had been assaulted", a garda sergeant said.

The woman approached security staff and told them Belarbi had sexually assaulted her. One of the security staff had witnessed the first assault and contacted gardai.

Belarbi was escorted to the front door and gardai arrived.

The court heard both victims had alcohol taken but were not intoxicated, while Belarbi was "slightly intoxicated" at the time. The incidents were both captured on CCTV.

He adjourned the case to a date in February for a probation report, to include assessment for "sexual risk".

Bail conditions were changed previously to allow the accused sign on at Longford Garda Station instead of Mountjoy.

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