Adriano Kiel has been missing after failing to turn up at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin last Monday for sentencing after he was found guilty of raping a 23-year-old Limerick hotel worker on December 2, 2003.
Though gardaí have his passport, which he handed in after being charged with rape, they suspect he may have fled the country, with Portugal as his ultimate destination since Portuguese is his first language. Interpol are helping with the search for the 27-year-old.
Kiel’s long-term partner, who lived with him at a rented address in Raheen, Limerick, is still living in the Mid-West.
Kiel worked in the same Limerick hotel as his victim.
The woman, who has criticised the decision of Mr Justice Paul Carney to allow her attacker bail after being found guilty, has spoken of the support she got since the night of the rape, which happened in the Clare Inn Hotel, where staff members from another hotel stayed overnight for a function.
She said: “My family and my boyfriend have stuck with me. They had to sit in court and listen to false allegations and statements. They were with me and supported me and it was so hard.”
She also praised the Clare gardaí who investigated the case.
“I could not have asked for a better team of guards,” she said.
There has been strong criticism from the Rape Crisis network of the decision of Mr Justice Carney to release Kiel on bail after he was found guilty by a Limerick jury.
There have been six rape trials at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Limerick since 2003, but the Kiel case was the only one to secure a conviction.