Chef due to be sentenced for raping woman in Westmeath

A Westmeath chef is due to be sentenced today for raping a young woman after telling her he was gay and inviting her back to his apartment.

48-year-old Samir Mansour with a current address at The Lock, Market Point, Mullingar, attacked the woman on January 8, 2010.

The woman gave evidence that she met Samir Mansour at a nightclub, told him she was gay and that he replied that he too was gay before inviting her back to his apartment for a party.

When they got there Mansour made her an omelette with a television on in the background showing half-naked women.

It was then he told her his friends were not coming, and that "all gay people have sex together".

She said at this point she thought he was pathetic but when she tried to leave he went from quiet to terrifying - he grabbed her, forced her into a bedroom and raped her before apologising and asking if they could still be friends.

She declined a lift home and raised the alarm on leaving his apartment.

Mr Justice Barry White is due to sentence him today.

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