Northern Ireland

Man convicted of Belfast car sex attack

Belfast's Laganside Court
Image caption Belfast's Laganside Court

An 39-year-old man has been convicted of raping a woman he gave a lift to in Belfast.

Nahab Toufik, who is from Algeria but has an address on the South Circular Road in Dublin, was convicted by a jury at Belfast Crown Court of rape and sexual assault.

He was acquitted on a charge of unlawful imprisonment.

Toufik attacked his 33-year-old victim after meeting her in a city centre nightclub in July 2011.

He offered her a lift home at the end of the night but attacked her in a side street near Peter's Hill in the north of the city.

She eventually managed to scramble out of the car, summoning help from a stranger's door.

Toufik gave evidence on his own behalf and claimed the sex had been consensual.

He will be sentenced next month.