A DRUG dealer who raped one of his customers at knifepoint in his flat in Edinburgh has been jailed for 11 years.

Joachim Cardos, 32, from Gambia, west Africa, who is in the country illegally, was told by a judge that he carried out a “violent and persistent” attack on a woman who had been convinced she was going to die.

Lord Hardie said the effect of the offence on the 26-year-old victim, a marketing executive, had been “devastating” and she was undergoing psychological therapy.

“Her life has changed and she no longer feels safe. She sold her house, in which she had lived for many years, because you knew where she lived,” the judge added.

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