Ex-schools rugby player jailed for 10 years for violent attacks on transgender sex workers in their homes
Updated: 16:28, 17 Oct 2022
A FORMER schools rugby player has been jailed for ten years for violent attacks on transgender sex workers in their homes.
Buti Sashi, 26, was armed with a large knife when he went to the homes of the sex workers, having arranged to meet them at their city centre apartments.
In the first attack on the night of May 26, 2017, Sashi began hitting the victim on the face and body before cutting her with the knife.
He demanded sex and sexually assaulted her before stealing her mobile phone and laptop.
The victim suffered a fracture to her left jaw and to an eye socket bone.
Dominic McGinn SC, prosecuting, told the Central Criminal Court that a month later, on June 28, Sashi and another man forced their way into the flat of another transgender sex worker.
Sashi was again carrying a large knife and both men began beating the victim and took two mobile phones from her.
When a housemate tried to help the first victim, the men attacked him, breaking his jaw and cutting him twice with the knife.
They forced this man to hand over his phone, laptop and €300 in cash.
At a sentencing hearing this morning, Justice Eileen Creedon said that the victims were foreign nationals who were vulnerable because of their work.
She said it felt like she was in a horror movie, with blood smeared throughout the apartment.
She said: “The only reason he stopped was there was so much blood and I think he was disgusted by the blood.”
She added that when Sashi left the flat after the assaults she was left “alone, totally humiliated and destroyed”.
Sashi, formerly of Tyrconnell Grove, Inchicore, Dublin, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery, two of assault causing harm, one of sexual assault, and one of production of a weapon.
His five previous convictions include one for his role in the violent robbery of a taxi driver in August 2014, when Sashi was aged 21.
He also has convictions for assault of a sex worker and theft from sex workers committed around the same time as the offences before the court today.
Last June Judge Martin Nolan imposed a five-year prison term for these offences.
At a previous court hearing, the court heard that Sashi became involved with Leinster rugby at the age of 14 and played with the under-15 team. He went on to play for Blackrock, Liberty Saints and Guinness RFC.
Justice Creedon noted that Sashi is deemed to be at a high risk of committing more sexual offences and at a very high risk of committing violent offences.
She suspended the final two years of a 12-year sentence on condition that Sashi engage with the Probation Services after his release.