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Vile pervert who raped Downs syndrome girl to be sentenced next month

Faisal Ellahi being taken from his Synge Street apartment
Faisal Ellahi being taken from his Synge Street apartment

A depraved sex offender who raped a Downs syndrome girl in his Dublin apartment will be sentenced next month.

Faisal Ellahi (34) was convicted by a jury last December of rape and sexual assault following a five-week trial.

During the trial the jury saw DVDs of interviews with the victim in which she said she became separated from her mother on the street before being stopped by Ellahi. He took her to his house where the rape and sexual assault occurred.

Faisal Ellahi is taken into custody 

The court today heard how Ellahi must to agree to be deported if he wants any of his sentence suspended.

Further mitigating evidence will be heard on Monday at the Central Criminal Court.

In a victim impact statement read out in court, the victim said: “I feel so scared at all times since he did that to me. I feel confused, angry and shocked. Sometimes I get flashbacks.”

Ellahi, who is originally from Haripur in Pakistan, pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape, sexual assault and having sex with a mentally impaired person at his Dublin home on June 12, 2013. The jury was not required to deliberate on the third count if it convicted of rape.

Several of the jurors from the trial werepresent in court for this morning's hearing.

Sunday World photographers captured the dramatic moment the twisted rapist was snared by gardaí, after thinking he’d gotten away with his crime. 

Gardai with battering rams arrest the rapist at his home

Harrowing evidence was heard during a five-week trial, including video recordings of statements given by the victim. DNA evidence also helped link Ellahi to the attack. 

Ellahi was so confident he had gotten away with the horrific attack he was back harassing women and girls on the street days later while under Garda surveillance, after he emerged as a suspect. 

On one occasion gardaí spotted him following two 15-year-old girls who tried to get away after he approached on the street.

Officers intervened and prevented anything from happening. 

Gardaí believe Ellahi would have struck again if given the chance and thought he’d never be convicted for the attack on his victim. 

Gardai with battering rams arrest the rapist at his home

However, our dramatic pictures show the moment that belief came crashing down when he was arrested at his home a week after approaching the teenagers. 

The trial heard that the victim told a specialist interviewer that Ellahi coerced him to go back to his house after cornering her on the street. 

“I wanted to go home but he wouldn’t let me,” she said.

At one point she panicked and started banging on the door screaming “help, mum, help”.

A visibly moved Mr Justice Tony Hunt described the case as one of the most difficult he ever had to deal with.