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Rapist Darius Porcikas jailed for Lurgan attack

Darius Porcikas hid in a forest for a month before he was arrested
Image caption Darius Porcikas hid in a forest for a month before he was arrested

A man who raped a woman in Lurgan, County Armagh, and beat her boyfriend into unconsciousness has been jailed for 18 years.

Darius Porcikas, 24, was convicted of 12 offences, including rape, attempted rape, sexual assault and inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.

He was given an extended custodial period meaning he will only be released when it is deemed safe to do so.

The attack happened over a 12-hour period on 13 July 2011.

The 29-year-old victim was repeatedly raped and beaten.

Her former boyfriend was beaten unconscious and was repeatedly assaulted during the incident at a house in Dingwell Park, Lurgan.

The court was told he suffered "an acute subdural haemorrhage", an injury that had resulted in him having life-saving surgery and a metal plate inserted.

He also suffered fractures to his skull and cheekbones, had to learn how to walk again, is unable to work because the right side of his body no longer functions, as well as a number of other neurological effects.

The rape victim suffered multiple bruising over her body and has been left suffering mental, emotional and psychological trauma consistent with post traumatic stress disorder.

'Hid in forest'

Porcikas, originally from Lithuania and with an address at Upper Edward Street in Newry, County Down, hid in a forest for a month before he was arrested.

He was convicted in May after a three-week trial.

Jailing Porcikas, a judge described his crimes as "gross and persistent" involving violence, threats and "deliberate humiliation of the victim".

He said he had considered a term of discretionary life imprisonment but had concluded that an extended sentence would best protect the public.

The judge said that although he had been asked to impose a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, he was of the view that the lengthy jail term and extended licence period would suffice in the protection of the public.

He was also not making any recommendation for Porcikas to be deported when eventually released but warned the rapist that "in no way fetters the powers of the secretary of state in this regard."

Porcikas will be subject to an extra three years on supervised licence after his release.

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