Tuesday, August 01, 2006

A Somali who raped and strangled a woman has been told he faces being deported from Scotland

BBC News:

Mugo Dalmar, a refugee who came to Britain in the 1990s, was convicted of raping and attempting to murder the 24-year-old in Edinburgh in February.

Dalmar, 34, a Somali granted indefinite leave to remain in 2003, was given a deportation order at the High Court in Glasgow.

Judge Lord Hardie deferred sentence until next month for reports.

The court heard that the student, who has been placed on the sex offenders' register, got chatting to the woman at a bus stop and took her back to his flat in the city's Watson Crescent.

The woman had been drinking heavily on a night out and passed out in a drunken stupor in his flat.

Dalmar pushed her onto the bed and raped and strangled her, the court heard.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the jury that when she regained consciousness, she found Dalmar forcing her into a bath full of water.

When she woke up later she was in a bed in the flat and there was no sign of Dalmar.

The woman fled, leaving some of her clothing and her watch behind.

She told the court she was gay and was in a new relationship which had just started weeks before the attack.

She had no recollection of the taxi journey or going to Dalmar's flat, the court was told.

Pathologist Dr Anthony Busuttil told the court he usually saw the tiny little haemorrhages found around the victim's eyes on people who had died by strangulation.

Dalmar denied attempting to murder and rape the woman and claimed they had not had sex.

John Martin, prosecuting, told the court on Friday that Dalmar did not have a British passport and had Home Office travel documents which were valid for 10 years.

"He would appear to still be a citizen of Somalia," he said.

"He was today served with a deportation order."

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