Drug dealer rapes woman at knifepoint

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A DRUG dealer who was in the country illegally raped a marketing executive in a knifepoint sex ordeal after she went to buy cannabis from him.

Joachim Cardos threatened to kill his victim as he brutally attacked her and carried out sex acts before she managed to flee.

Cardos, 32, from Gambia, had denied raping the woman at his flat in Dalry Road on October 22 last year, but was yesterday convicted at the High Court in Edinburgh.

During the assault to the danger of the 26-year-old victim’s life he pushed her on to a bed, compressed her neck, brandished a knife at her, demanded that she take off clothing and perform a sex act on him.

Cardos had admitted that between January 2010 and October last year he was concerned in the supply of the Class B drug in Edinburgh. Advocate depute Neil Beardmore told the court that Cardos had arrived in Britain on a visa but overstayed and was in the country illegally.

Lord Hardie, placed Cardos on the sex offenders’ register and deferred sentence until next montht. He said that deporting Cardos was a matter for the Home Secretary.