A man who admitted to raping a woman and attacking two others in Belfast within the space of 48 hours has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Ryan Subryan, 25, originally from Guyana, carried out the attacks in June 2007.
Mr Justice Hart said the evidence suggested Subryan may remain a serious danger to women in the future.
However, he said, as there were no previous sexual offences on Subryan’s record, he was not imposing a life sentence.
The judge told Belfast Crown Court he had made this decision “not without some hesitation”.
He said that as the defendant was in this country unlawfully when the offences were committed, he was recommending that he be deported upon his release from custody.
The trial judge was told that, in the first incident, Subryan forced a Polish woman into his car and held her against her will as she walked home from a city centre bar towards the Lisburn Road on June 28.
Subryan told her to get in his car as it was unsafe walking on her own, before bundling her into the passenger seat.
Whilst in the vehicle, he produced a gun and held it to her head, telling her he was going to kill her.
She was held in the car against her will for about 20 minutes, but she managed to escape into a nearby alleyway, from where she rang her boyfriend.
The following evening, on 29th June, the second of Subryan’s victims was in the Skye nightclub with her friend when she met the accused.
At some point, she realised she had lost her phone, and Subryan offered to help her look for it. He rang the number then told the woman a “bogus story” about someone at another nightclub having her mobile.
Subryan offered to drive her to the other venue to retrieve the phone, but he instead drove to the docklands, where he indecently assaulted the woman and tried to have sex with her in the early hours of June 30.
A Crown prosecutor said that Subryan “threatened that if she didn’t have sex, he would put a gun to her head and shoot her”.
She got out of the car in a “distressed state,” and the alarm was raised when she met a couple coming from the Odyssey Arena, one of whom heard her say, “He tried to rape me”.
About 30 minutes later, a woman was walking home from a birthday party when a black man approached her in the Albert Bridge area and told her she was beautiful.
She was subsequently knocked out on the street, and when she came round, she realised she had been raped.
Subryan was linked to the rape by DNA evidence.
When the father of two was arrested, he initially denied all the charges put to him, but later pleaded guilty to two counts of threats to kill, kidnapping, assault with intent to rape, indecent assault, rape, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. (BBC News)
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