By Tara Rippin • 27 December 2018 • 9:30
A FEMALE student living in Madrid was allegedly raped and beaten by a ‘good Samaritan’ close to a bus station in Madrid after a night out with a friend.
Andrea Sicignano, 27, has been living in the capital for just six months.
Posting on her Facebook account, she said she had spent the evening enjoying Flamenco and a few drinks when she became separated from her friend.
Andrea said she became ‘confused’ about which bus to take home, adding that she ‘was lost at 4am and all the transport had stopped’. She needed help and a passer-by ‘assured’ her he could get her home.
The alleged victim quickly became worried for her safety, but as she tried to leave, her alleged attacker ‘became forceful and violent’, beating her until she ‘could not see through the blood’ in her eyes.
The young woman said she ‘pretended to be dead’ and ‘prayed’ he would be gone when she opened her eyes, adding ‘he raped me’.
Barefoot ‘and bloodied’, Andrea ran through the deserted streets shouting for help. Three or four cars passed by before a ‘kind stranger’ stopped and called emergency services, waiting with her until they arrived.
According to sources, the attack was reported on December 9, and following an investigation by the Family and Women’s Unit (UFAM), the suspect was arrested in Carabanchel three days later.
He is said to have a police record, though not for rape.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
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