Mother raped by a ‘Good Samaritan’ is now ‘broken person’
Mohamed Okda Pic: Courtpix
Irish Independent, Isabel Hayes
July 29 2017 2:30 AM
A woman who was raped by a man who purported to come to her aid after she got lost on a night out says she is now a “broken person”.
The married mother described how she suffers panic attacks and depression since she was raped by Mohamed Okda while on a night out in Dublin in 2014.
“My trusting nature and heart has been broken,” she said in a victim impact statement read out in the Central Criminal Court.
“I am now a broken person … My belief that people are essentially good and my belief in people around me has been damaged.”
Okda (30, inset), an Egyptian national formerly of Coolfin, Rathdowney, Co Laois, was found guilty by a jury on two counts of raping the woman and one count of sexually assaulting her at a flat in Dublin city on a date in February, 2014.
The jury took just under three hours to return unanimous guilty verdicts following a seven-day trial at the Central Criminal Court earlier this month.
The matter will return to court on October 9.
Garda Mark Mahon told the prosecution that the woman travelled to Dublin to enjoy her first night out since the birth of her child. Around 4am she got separated from her friends after she went to an ATM to get money for a homeless person.
She didn’t know the exact address of where she was staying that night and couldn’t get through to her friends, the court heard. She was upset and crying when she was approached by Okda, who suggested she come back to his apartment where she could continue to try to contact her friends.
The court heard the woman was drunk and tired at that point. She fell asleep or blacked out on a sofa bed in the apartment and woke up to find Okda touching her.
The woman repeatedly said “No” and told Okda she had a husband and children, but he kept pushing her back down, telling her: “You stay. It’s OK.”
Gda Mahon said the woman was in fear for her life at this stage, and that although Okda did not make any verbal threats, she was very frightened.
The woman begged Okda not to kill her before he raped her. When it was over, he told her she could go. The woman ran outside and tried to flag down cars before a taxi stopped and took her to a Garda station.
In her victim impact statement, the woman said she was lucky to have a supportive husband and that they were working to repair their relationship.
“My husband has to deal with the trauma of what happened to his wife,” she said. She said she had lost friends in the wake of that night as she couldn’t bring herself to tell them what happened to her.
“I often feel like I can’t go on. For the sake of my husband and kids, I get up every day and do my best to get on with life.
“I didn’t walk away unharmed. I was once a happy person who loved to talk to people … Not a day goes by without feeling the weight of that night and what was done to me.”
Mr Justice Michael Moriarty told the woman she was an “admirable lady”. “You can hold your head high,” he told her.
The prosecution said Okda had 16 previous convictions in Ireland dating to 2006, none of which was for a sexual offence.
They mostly involve driving offences, public order offences and theft.
The defence requested the matter be adjourned until October, when a plea of mitigation and cross-examination of Gda Mahon will take place.