A BRI­TISH woman was raped at her Çatalköy home by a man who sneaked in through a win­dow in the early hours of yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The in­truder beat the 35year-old woman and then dragged her to a bed­room where he raped her three times be­tween 12.30am and 2am be­fore run­ning away.

The woman then fled the house and called po­lice, who took her for a check-up at hos­pi­tal. Doc­tors con­firmed she had been raped.

A search was launched for her at­tacker, and a man was ar­rested at 8am in a car park in the vil­lage.

Yunus Timur, 26, who was in the TRNC for work, ap­peared at Girne Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day and told judge Mel­tem Dün­dar: “She said, ‘I don’t want it, don’t do,’ but I didn’t think she re­ally meant it.”

He was re­manded in cus­tody for three days on charges in­clud­ing rape, as­sault and tres­pass.

The in­ci­dent comes af­ter re­cent re­ports of sex abuse and ha­rass­ment sparked a furore on so­cial me­dia.

Nu­pelda Karabuğ­day wrote of hav­ing been “cut up”, ver­bally abused and fol­lowed by a man in a car as she walked to a shop near her home in the Edremit area at 8.30am last Tues­day.

In a post to warn oth­ers, she said the man had ap­proached her in a Mazda Demio and “very ca­su­ally” told her to get in, re­vers­ing when she kept walk­ing and say­ing, “stop re­fus­ing, just get in the car” be­fore swear­ing at her and driv­ing off, only to turn up at the shop later.

The man drove away as she called po­lice and of­fi­cers are said to be still look­ing for him.

In an­other in­ci­dent in Le­fkoşa on Septem­ber 25, a woman was sex­u­ally as­saulted af­ter walk­ing to her car with three fe­male friends at about 10pm af­ter a de­bate at the Ata­trük Cul­tural Cen­tre.

Lawyer Laden Asilzade de­scribed the “hor­ri­ble” ex­pe­ri­ence in which a friend was mo­lested by “a white-haired, short, dev­il­ish blue-eyed man who smelled of al­co­hol” as she walked to­wards Ms Asilzade’s car.

Ms Asilzade told how the friends re­strained the man un­til po­lice ar­rived, while pleas for help to four pass­ing men fell on deaf ears.

A 50-year-old man has been charged with drunk­en­ness, pub­lic nui­sance and sex abuse, and bailed pend­ing trial.

Peo­ple’s Party MP Gülşah San­ver Manavoğlu at­tracted crit­i­cism when she re­acted to ris­ing crime by post­ing an im­age of her car with a base­ball bat in it, say­ing: “Win­ter’s here, days are shorter now, so I have taken pre­cau­tions to be safer at the places where I go.

“I tell the au­thor­i­ties again and again: if you don’t speed up mea­sures to re­verse this sit­u­a­tion . . . peo­ple will ap­ply their own jus­tice.”

She later said she re­gret­ted the post.

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