Sick pizza chef who sexually assaulted a teenager in the back of his takeaway is found GUILTY of gang rape after ‘drugged’ young girl was lured into a grotty room
- Ricardo Audish, 41, found guilty of three counts of aggravated sexual assault
- The attack took place in October of 2016, in a southern Sydney pizza shop
- Victim was drugged and then allegedly assaulted by a number of different men
A rapist has been found guilty of the aggravated sexual assault of a teenager out the back of a southern Sydney pizza shop.
After two hours of deliberation, the jury found Ricardo Audish, 41, guilty of three counts of aggravated sexual assault in company following the assault which allegedly also involved two underage boys in October of 2016.
The woman, who was 18 at the time of the assault, was allegedly 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.
Ricardo Audish, 41, has been found guilty of three counts of aggravated sexual assault in company following an assault which involved two underage boys in October 2016
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
He originally denied working at the time of the assault and later said the pair did not have intercourse, but a co-worker’s statement and forensic DNA evidence of his semen ‘thwarted’ these stories, the Crown said.
Earlier in the evening, the woman had consented to sex with her boyfriend in a toilet cubicle, before he told her ‘all the other boys want to have sex with you now’, to which she replied ‘hell no’.
The Crown said this was not a question but a statement to her and showed the men acted as a joint criminal enterprise and had arranged the sex acts beforehand.
Earlier, the jury heard Audish had taken advantage of a drugged woman out the back of a pizza shop – before making up three different versions of events.
In evidence, Audish, said the teenager he had just met for the first time told her then boyfriend she wanted to have sex with the pizza restaurant worker.
The Crown alleged that Audish, then 38, and two underage boys assaulted the woman while she was drugged, and then worked together to corroborate their stories when she went to police.
Audish’s first fabrication that he was not at the restaurant at the time of the assault was ‘thwarted’ by a co-worker’s police statement, also saying Audish asked him to lie about his whereabouts, crown prosecutor Kate Nightingale submitted.
DNA evidence of Audish’s semen ‘put a stop to the (second) false story’ that he did not have sexual intercourse with the woman, Ms Nightingale said.
Defence barrister Eugene Wasilenia earlier told the jury Audish lied about having consensual sexual intercourse because he was married.
‘What the accused did was simply opportunistic and had nothing to do with the others,’ Mr Wasilenia said.
Gang rapist Ricardo Audish has been found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a teenager out the back of a southern Sydney pizza shop
Ricardo Audish was accused of taking part in the drugging and gang rape of a woman in a Sydney pizza shop in 2016
As she was pulling up her underwear in the toilet another male entered and offered her a bong, a deliberate act the Crown says shows they knew she was not consenting to what they intended to do.
The effect of the cannabis was unlike anything she had ever felt before, her head began spinning, she felt dizzy and was shaking, the court heard.
In his earlier evidence, Audish claimed the pair had a cigarette outside and had a conversation where he asked the woman why she wanted to have sex with him, to which she allegedly responded ‘I like you’.
He claimed he asked her three times if she wanted to have sex and each time she said yes, so he led her past the freezer out the back to where the toilets were.
Audish said she started touching his penis and lifted her skirt up for them to have sexual intercourse, afterward saying words to the effect ‘it was good’.