Edmonton Man jailed for ‘vicious’ rape of girl.

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EDMONTON — A Somalia-born man who “viciously” raped and beat a 17-year-old girl before throwing her out on the street wearing only socks has been put behind bars.

Abdikarim Mohamed Firin, 31, was handed a nearly six-year prison sentence on Friday after pleading guilty to aggravated sexual assault.

“It was a vicious and prolonged attack,” said Justice Terry Clackson. “I can only imagine how difficult it was for her and will continue to be in the future.”

The judge noted the assault was “unexplained” despite Firin having been boozing for three days prior to the Aug. 16, 2008, attack and having had a terrible upbringing in his war-torn African homeland.

“It was a very vicious beating you gave this woman,” said Clackson.

Firin had 12 months knocked off his sentence for time spent in pre-trial custody, leaving him with 46 months to serve. He was also ordered to submit a DNA sample for the national DNA databank and placed on the national sex offender registry for 20 years following his release.

Crown prosecutor Avril Inglis told court Firin had met the 17-year-old victim and invited her to his apartment for a beer.

Once there, Firin demanded sex, but the girl refused. He then forced her to the ground and raped her.

During the violent sex attack and after, Firin beat the girl with his fists to her chest and head and then stood up and kicked her in the same areas, said Inglis.

Firin then kicked the girl out of his apartment while she was wearing only socks. She was found face-down in a gravel driveway bleeding from her nose, eyes and ears and covered head-to-toe in abrasions, bruises and cuts.

As well, her jaw was so swollen it couldn’t be X-rayed.

Police arrested Firin after finding the girl’s clothes and blood in the downtown suite as well as both her DNA and his on a used condom, said Inglis.

Court heard Firin took off after later getting bail, but was arrested in Ontario in March.

In a victim impact statement – in which the teen wrote of being fearful and having lost her trust in others – she said: “I hate my face. I hate my scars. I’m a different me.”

Defence lawyer Naeem Rauf told court Firin lived on the streets of Somalia from the age of 10 or 11, selling gas and oil to feed himself and his grandparents after his father disappeared following the war and his mother moved to Canada, and said he describes it as living in “hell.”

Prior to being sentenced, Firin said he was sorry.

“I will be paying for this for the rest of my life,” he said, as his mother wept in the courtroom.

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