A man who had to be physically pulled from his rape victim by gardaí during a late night street attack in Dublin's north city centre has being jailed for eight years.

After hearing screams for help a nearby resident used his phone to record Bogdan Timorte, 37, attacking the woman. The witness was too afraid to approach but contacted gardaí.

The phone footage, as well as CCTV footage of Timorte's movements, was played to the court. 

Timorte was captured on CCTV first meeting the intoxicated woman on Parnell Street, putting his arm around her and chatting before they turn into a laneway which ended in a cul de sac.

The woman described being in fear for her life during the "extremely violent" attack.

Timorte, formerly of Synott Place, Phibsborough, Dublin pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to oral rape and sexual assault of the woman on a lane way off Parnell Street on 9 October, 2017.

The married father of three is originally from Romania and has no previous convictions.

Mr Justice Michael White paid tribute to the courage of the woman. 

He said that it was an unusual case involving an opportunistic crime committed by a man who now has deep remorse. 

He said Timorte's action on the night seemed to be out of character.

He noted Timorte's previous excellent character and said he is a hard working man.

The judge set a headline sentence of 12 years but reduced this to nine years to take those mitigating factors into consideration.

He suspended the final year on condition that Timorte engages in an assessment for sex offender treatment. 

The sentence is backdated to the date of the attack as Timorte has being in custody since the attack.