Sydney gang rapist who assaulted teenage girl refused bail after begging to be released from legal proceedings
Dirty pizza shop gang rapist who assaulted teenage girl in the back of his takeaway after being smuggled with drugs is denied bail after begging to be hired out for ‘medical procedure’
- Ricardo Audish, 41, has been found guilty of three charges of aggravated assault
- The court heard that he participated in gang rape of a then 18-year-old who received a hookah
- Lawyer argued that he be released on bail because of a heart condition that required legal proceedings
- Judge said the severity of the conviction was an incentive not to appear for conviction
A Sydney pizza shop employee who raped a drugged teen has lost his bail offer and remains behind bars.
It took a jury two hours on Thursday to find Ricardo Audish guilty of three charges of aggressive sexual assault in company at a south Sydney eatery in October 2016.
Each offense carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.
The NSW District Court heard that at the age of 38, Audish participated in the gang-rape of a then 18-year-old after she received a bong with cannabis suspected of being spiked.
Ricardo Audish, 41, was found guilty on Thursday of three charges of aggravated assault in company after the October 2016 attack
On Friday, attorney Eugene Wasilenia advocated that Audish be released on bail for his serious heart condition that will require medical proceedings in April.
But prosecutor Kate Nightingale said the charges for which he was convicted were serious enough to be an incentive not to appear in court if released.
Judge David Arnott said that despite Audish meeting his bail conditions four years after the attack, he agreed that there was an unacceptable risk that he would not appear for his criminal proceedings.
Judge Arnott noted that Audish had approached his victim two months after she filed a complaint with the police.
The married man originally denied working at the time of the attack and later said the couple did not have intercourse, but a colleague’s statement and forensic DNA evidence of his sperm “thwarted” these stories, Ms. Nightingale told the court.
Earlier in the evening, the woman had agreed to have sex with her boyfriend in a toilet cubicle, before telling her ‘all the other guys want to have sex with you now’, to which she replied ‘damn no’.
At the age of 38, Audish (pictured) took part in the gang rape of a then 18-year-old after she was given a bong with cannabis suspected of being enriched
Audish’s attorney argued that he be released on bail for his serious heart condition, but Judge David Arnott said there was an unacceptable risk that he would not appear for his conviction.
The victim was 18 when she was drugged before being led by Audish to the back of the pizza eatery where he worked. He then sexually assaulted her against a stack of chairs
The hookah made her dizzy and lost her memory, but she remembers leaning over a stack of chairs while Audish interacted with her without mutual consent.
After a stranger found her disoriented by the side of the road, ambulance personnel were called.
In the safe hospital she explained what had happened.
“They all took turns in me,” she said.