A RICKSHAW driver who left a young woman severely injured in a lane way after raping and assaulting her has been jailed for 13 years.
Rafael Tiso (31), from Brazil, was captured on CCTV leaving a nightclub with the intoxicated victim and walking with her down a side street before going into a lane with her. He left the lane 40 minutes later and returned to drink in the same bar for over an hour.
A passer-by heard a moaning noise and discovered the woman lying on the ground between a truck and a car with her legs spread apart. The man believed the woman was dead at first as her eyes were closed and he did not want to touch her to contaminate the scene.
He saw blood on the ground beside her. The woman’s clothing and hair were soaking wet. Gardaí were alerted and the woman taken to hospital.
The 23 year old victim, who can not recall anything of the incident, suffered severe injuries.
Tiso, who was living in rented accommodation at Offaly Road, Cabra, Dublin pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape, oral rape, aggravated sexual assault and assault causing harm to the woman at Montague Lane, Dublin on January 18, 2016. He has no previous convictions and has been in custody since his arrest.
Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy said that this was a violent and callous crime perpetrated on a vulnerable inebriated young woman. She said the victim’s restrained impact report showed how the attack would affect her for the rest of his life.
She said the fact that Tiso had left the woman in such a dreadful state and the severe emotional and mental impact of his attack were aggravating factors.
She suspended the final year of a 14 year sentence on condition that Tiso leave the State on his release for a period of ten years.