PARALIMNI, Cyprus — A Cyprus court on Tuesday handed a four-month suspended sentence to a 19-year-old British girl who was discovered responsible of public mischief for making up claims that she was raped by as much as a dozen Israelis.
The girl continues to insist that she was raped, and that she was coerced into withdrawing her assertion. Her attorneys say she’s going to enchantment.
Decide Michalis Papathanasiou mentioned though the general public mischief cost was a severe offense, he determined to offer the lady a second probability as a result of she admitted by means of her attorneys throughout mitigation that she made a mistake in making the false rape declare.
He additionally cited different causes, together with her younger age, immaturity, clear felony report, private circumstances, psychological situation and the truth that she had already spent nearly a month in detention through the six months her trial lasted.
The decide mentioned he additionally took under consideration that the large publicity that her case has obtained in UK and Israeli media had weighed towards the lady, who needed to put her tutorial profession on maintain as she was attributable to begin school in September.
Papathanasiou additionally fined the lady 140 euros ($156) and instructed her protection attorneys that the sentence might be activated if she commits one other severe offense inside three years.
Underneath Cyprus legislation, public mischief carries a most one-year jail time period and a 1,700 euro ($2,000) wonderful.
The girl’s mom instructed reporters that she was “very relieved to be going house” after months of authorized proceedings. Regardless of the suspended sentence, she mentioned, protection attorneys would enchantment the conviction in order that it’s expunged from her everlasting report.
She mentioned she was “impressed and motivated” by the general public help her daughter obtained from the UK, Israel and Cyprus.
The case drew widespread curiosity within the UK and Israel after preliminary studies that the lady was the sufferer of a gang rape advanced into her being charged with making up claims of rape.
The girl, who wasn’t recognized, insisted that she was raped in a lodge room at a coastal resort city on July 17 and that she was compelled to signal the retraction 10 days later whereas underneath police questioning.
Papathanasiou mentioned the defendant didn’t inform the reality and tried to deceive the court with “evasive” statements in her testimony.
The decide mentioned the lady had admitted to investigators that she made up the claims as a result of she was “ashamed” after discovering out that among the Israelis had videoed her having consensual intercourse along with her Israeli boyfriend on their cellphones.
Whereas the decide was studying his sentence, a loud group of demonstrators who confirmed as much as help the lady chanted slogans exterior the courthouse together with, “Cyprus justice, disgrace on you” and “Cease blaming the sufferer.”