A man who tricked a young woman into going back to his apartment by telling her he was gay has been jailed for eight years for rape and false imprisonment.
Samir Mansour, 46, of Windmill Hill, Prospect, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, had pleaded not guilty to rape, sexual assault, false imprisonment and making threats to kill at his Westmeath home on 8 January 2010.
The jury returned a guilty verdict on all counts after seven hours of deliberation following a seven-day trial at the Central Criminal Court.
Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley remarked that the threats to kill and blind his victim must have been a terrifying ordeal for her.
The judge noted that she had suffered bruising, nightmares and flashbacks since the incident as well as an internal injury.
She also took into account the fact that Mansour had lied to his then 20-year-old victim about being gay in order to win her trust.
In her victim impact report, the victim said the attack has left her feeling fragile and helpless on her own. She said the rape has affected every aspect of her life and left her feeling fearful, distrustful and paranoid.
She said that she spends every day wondering why she went back to Mansour's flat that night.
The court heard that Mansour has no previous convictions and had being working as a chef in Pasta Bella restaurant in Mullingar.
He has a 14-year-old son from a marriage that is now dissolved.
Ms Justice O'Malley handed down a nine-and-a-half year sentence for the rape and sexual assault charges, and suspended the final 18 months of both.
Mansour also received a six-year sentence for false imprisonment, and four years for making threats to kill. All sentences are to run concurrently.
Ms Justice O'Malley ordered that Mansour be put under post release supervision for five years upon completion of the sentence. However, she said that leaving the country would not breach this condition.
Mansour is originally from Tunisia.