Gang rapist in Sydney pizza shop jailed for teen assault

Married pizzeria gang rapist, 42, who sexually assaulted a drugged teen in the back of his restaurant, gets 13 years in prison

  • Pizza worker Ricardo Audish, 42, has been convicted of raping a teenager
  • He was found guilty of three counts of aggravated assault in company
  • Court heard victim, 18, was effectively ‘passed on’ to various men

A Sydney pizza chef who participated in the gang rape of a drugged teenager in the back of his restaurant has been sentenced to at least eight years in prison.

It took a jury just two hours to find Ricardo Audish, 42, guilty of three charges of aggravated sexual assault at a southern Sydney eatery in October 2016.

His victim has since suffered the overwhelming and long-lasting effects of trauma leading to clinical depression and a suicide attempt that left her in hospital for a month, the NSW District Court was told on Friday.

Judge David Arnott said the despicable criminal behavior involved the humiliating sexual abuse of a drunk 18-year-old woman who was in fact “passed on” to the various men.

Ricardo Audish, 42, was found guilty of three counts of aggravated assault in company at a south Sydney eatery and sentenced to 13 years in prison

Ricardo Audish, 42, was found guilty of three counts of aggravated assault in company at a south Sydney eatery and sentenced to 13 years in prison

The woman had agreed to have sex with her boyfriend in a cubicle before telling her ‘all the other guys want sex with you now’ to which she replied ‘hell no’.

After being given a hookah believed to have spikes in it, Audish, then 38, was the first of three men to have unprotected intercourse with the woman who “wouldn’t and couldn’t consent,” as she drank significantly, said Judge Arnott.

CCTV footage showed her ‘sure-footed’ walking and sometimes jogging upstairs before the incident, compared to afterwards, where she walked slowly, stumbling and leaning on a pole for 17 minutes to regain her balance.

A passerby later found the teen crying, trembling and disoriented on a road and called 911.

She later revealed, “They all took turns playing inside me.”

The 42-year-old married man initially denied that he was working at the time of the attack and later said the couple did not have sexual intercourse, but a statement from a colleague and forensic DNA evidence proved he was lying.

Judge Arnott found that Audish has shown no remorse or remorse, but that he has reasonable prospects of rehabilitation given the opportunistic nature of his offense.

Audish’s attorney, Greg James QC, argued that at the time of the attack, he was suffering from PTSD, had experienced a disadvantaged and violent childhood in Iraq, and that he was a “good family man.”

But his upbringing in Iraq doesn’t make this violation any more understandable, and his mental health problems were more likely due to his impending trial, the judge said.

Audish was sentenced to a total prison term of 13 years and will be eligible for parole for the first time on December 24, 2028.

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