Two young men convicted for violently and sadistically gang raping a Swedish woman last summer in the city of Örebro have today appealed their sentences. The victim was sexually abused, beaten and even tortured by the attackers, who are both migrants.
Through a friend, the woman had gotten into contact with the two men, a 22-year-old African and a 19-year-old Lebanese.
They drank alcohol together at a party on July 10, after which the men
took the drunk woman home. Soon after she fell asleep her ordeal
Both men repeatedly raped the terrified woman, Sveriges Radio
reported when the duo was convicted in January. After the abuse, she
tried to escape through a window but was stopped by the attackers. The
22-year-old then beat the victim in her face several times and even
pressed a burning cigarette into the flesh of her thigh. After finally escaping from her own apartment, the victim managed to call the police.
When the perpetrators were arrested in November, they denied the charges. Police nevertheless matched their DNA to traces of semen found in the apartment.
Further testimonies, photographs and forensic reports on the woman’s
injuries have been included as evidence as well. A female neighbour had
heard the woman screaming “I don’t want to do that.” During the trial, the prosecution blamed the migrants for assaulting the woman “who was in a particularly vulnerable situation because she was drunk and asleep.”
The 22-year-old, whose parents are from Somalia and Ethiopia, was
sentenced to four years and three months in prison for aggravated rape
and assault. He already had some previous convictions of violence to his
name, but cannot be deported after serving his sentence, since he
already became a Swedish citizen.
The court convicted the 19-year-old to two years in jail for
aggravated rape. Even though this individual, being a Lebanese national,
could be expelled, the prosecutor insisted that he must not be kicked out of Sweden.
Both men were also ordered to pay damages to the woman.
In today’s appeal, the 19-year-old claims that “the intercourse had been voluntary”. According to the Arab, the woman” is suffering from self-injurious behaviour, proof of which can be found on her Facebook profile.”
Lawyers representing the African want their client to be
acquitted since he asserts that there has never been any sexual activity
between him and the woman.