Married man accused in Innsbrook rape has criminal past

Posted at 4:48 PM, Jul 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-31 20:47:07-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – The married man accused of raping a woman outside an Innsbrook bar over the weekend will remain behind bars.

The judge ordered Driton Sulejmani held without bond because of his criminal past.

The defense had asked the judge to release his client on bond, agreeing that Sulejmani, referred to as Dre, would wear a monitoring device.

However, prosecutors argued the accused’s past showed a history of violence, arguing that his two assault convictions, two DIUs and two marijuana convictions show he is a danger to the community.

Sulejmani’s attorney pointed out that his client's wife, parents, brother-in-law and other supporters were present in the courtroom.

Some were visibly distraught, and others palmed their faces in their hands when the defense attorney recounted what happened Saturday night outside an Innsbrook bar.

The married 25-year-old is said to have met and spent time with a woman in the bar that night and then walked out with her at closing time. Sulejmani’s attorney claimed the pair was headed to have consensual sex.

However, court documents reveal a different, violent picture. The alleged victim told police after the friend she went with to the bar left, Sulejmani offered to walk her to her car.

Once they turned the corner, she alleges the suspect motioned her to the bushes and then "threw her against the wall, striking her head and physically assaulting her, and even forcing her to perform oral sex.”

The victim reported that she was dazed after she hit her head and that her nose was bleeding because Sulejmani allegedly threw her to the ground, hitting her twice in the face.

When the suspect left the area documents show he ran into the alleged victim's friend, who asked where she was. He allegedly replied that the woman had left.

The woman’s friend only returned to the scene because she got worried when the alleged victim did not answer her phone.

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