Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Drug dealer jailed for rape in Edinburgh

A drug dealer who was living illegally in Scotland has been jailed for 11 years for raping a woman in Edinburgh.

Joachim Cardos, 32, from the Gambia, threatened to kill his 26-year-old victim during the attack at a flat in Dalry Road last October.

He had denied the charge of rape at his trial but admitted supplying drugs.

The marketing executive had gone to buy cannabis from Cardos when she was raped.

The High Court in Edinburgh was told Cardos had rendered his victim unconscious, repeatedly threatened her with a bread knife and raped her.

The court was told he had come to Britain on a visa but it had run out and he had spent almost two years selling drugs to make money.

'Rendered unconscious'

Jailing Cardos, Lord Hardie said he had been assessed as having a high risk of reoffending and posing a danger to women.

Lord Hardie said: "It was apparent from her testimony that the effects of your conduct have been devastating.

"Your victim was rendered unconscious, repeatedly threatened with a knife, threatened with being killed and she was raped in two different ways.

"She genuinely thought she was going to die. Her life has changed and she no longer feels safe. She sold her house where she had lived for many years because you knew where she lived."

Cardos was sentenced to eight years for the rape and a further three years for dealing the Class B drug.

The judge also ordered he be kept under supervision for a further four years, but added that might be academic if he was deported.

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