Man sentenced to 12-years after rape of minor

SENTENCED: A 50-year-old man was sentenced to 12-years for the rape of his niece. CREDIT: Guillermo Esteban

A MAN has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the rape of his underage niece on a family estate in Pollença.
The events date back to 2014, when the man took his then 14-year-old niece to go and look for snails. Upon returning to her parent’s home, the defendant sat with the young girl and began to watch a pornographic film on his mobile, where he then started to masturbate. As the young girl tried to escape, the defendant forced himself upon his niece, sexually assaulting her.  
During the trial, the defendant, who only answered his lawyer’s questions, denied having had sexual relations with his niece and said the complaint was only because he did buy the girl a motorcycle.
The judges disagreed, explaining in their ruling that the victims story was credible, handing the 50- defendant a 12-year jail sentence. He will also be required to pay the victim €15,000 in compensation for the psychological damages caused.
The young woman, who is now 19-years-old, explained in her testimony that she has made a deal with her uncle to withdraw the complaint if he paid for her psychological treatment, but that the defendant did not comply.
In the five years following the assault, the young girl has suffered from depression and entered psychiatric care after attempting suicide in 2017.

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