A man who posed as an Uber driver and sexually assaulted two women is spared from jail – a decision one of his victims is calling ‘absolute bulls**t’.
Kais Dahdal sat quietly in Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday with his wife by his side and a translator while awaiting his sentence for sexually assaulting two women on October 23, last year.
The 35-year-old doctor from Syria was fined $350 for driving without a licence and given a seven-month intensive corrections order for two counts of sexually touching without consent.
Kais Dahdal (pictured) was sentenced to a seven-month intensive corrections order for two counts of sexually touching without consent after he lured women into his wife’s car by pretending to be an Uber driver
One of his victims, Ashleigh Rauicava, said she was standing up for what is right and thanked the public for their support in an Instagram live story before heading to Wollongong Local Court.
‘I’ve seen one man walk free from something like this before, so hopefully today changes,’ Ms Rauicava said.
Ms Rauicava was on the verge of tears and told herself to ‘pull it together’ before blowing a kiss to her followers for their support.
‘We got this, giving my love to all other women out there who have been through something similar,’ Ms Rauicava said.
‘It’s time to stand up and do what’s right. Thank you everyone for your support, it really means a lot.’
One of his victims, Ashleigh Rauicava (pictured), who was present in court, said the sentence was ‘not right’ and Dahdal should not be allowed to ‘walk free’
Ms Rauicava, who was present in court when the sentence was read out, said it ‘was not right’ Dahdal was able to ‘walk free’.
‘Absolute bulls***, he gets to walk free and live his life like he has done nothing wrong [and] get counselling, the rest of us are going through therapy now,’ Ms Rauicava told ABCNews reporters outside the court.
‘It has been more than a year and I am still absolutely destroyed inside, and he gets to walk free – it’s not right.’
Dahdal took his wife’s car out in Wollongong on October 23, 2021, looking for women who needed a safe way to get home.
Upon approaching his first victim, Dahdal said he was an Uber driver and offered to give her a lift.
But instead of dropping her off, Dahdal told her ‘we are just going for a drive’ then squeezed her thigh and kissed her on the lips.
‘Want to have some fun?’ Dahdal then asked the woman, according to court documents.
The terrified woman asked Dahdal what he meant by ‘fun’, to which he replied: ‘Want to f***?’
The woman turned him down, paid him cash for the ride, then jumped out of the vehicle when it arrived in her street.
Ms Rauicava said she was standing up for what is right and thanked the public for their support in an Instagram live story (pictured) before heading to court to hear Dahdal’s sentence
Dahdal then drove to a Keira Street, the city’s restaurant strip, where Ms Rauicava was leaving a venue after spending the night drinking with friends.
After luring her into the vehicle under the guise he was a professional driver, Dahdal touched Ms Rauicava on the thigh and told her ‘you can pay me in sex’ before she leapt out of the vehicle and escaped.
In court on July 18, Ms Rauicava gave a powerful victim impact statement detailing how that night ‘changed everything’ for her as ‘a woman, a mum, and in my work life’.
‘I thought I was tough, I’m a single mum. We can get through everything because we are strong for our children’s sake. But that night showed me that I am most definitely not,’ she said.
Magistrate Claire Girotto said Dahdal, while pretending to be an Uber driver, breached the trust that people have when using a taxi or ride-share service.
Magistrate Girotto noted Dahdal had no criminal history and had feelings of ‘self-worthlessness’ because he wasn’t able to practice as a doctor in Australia.
In sentencing, Magistrate Girotto referenced a mental health report which showed Dahdal was ‘highly anxious, with an inability to recognise verbal and non-verbal cues’.
The court heard the 35-year-old doctor from Syria (pictured) expressed ‘deep remorse’ for his actions and was committed to ongoing rehabilitation
‘He was also consumed by receiving attention from the opposite sex and had lost all impulse control,’ Magistrate Girotto said.
In handing out his sentence, Magistrate Girotto took into consideration Dahdal’s commitment to ongoing rehabilitation and a letter he wrote to the court outlining his ‘deep remorse’ for his actions.
Ms Rauicava said an apology letter to the court was not enough and did not take into consideration the victims.
‘What about the women you have destroyed that go to bed every single night absolutely terrified, things play over in my head over and over again,’ Ms Rauicava said.
Dahdal will serve the order in the community under strict supervision.
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