Man gets life for bru­tal teen as­sault

Pak­istani given long sen­tence for leav­ing girl dis­abled af­ter rape on Paros beach

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A 23-year-old Pak­istani na­tional was sen­tenced to life in prison and given an ad­di­tional 25year-term for rap­ing and bru­tally as­sault­ing a teenage girl on the is­land of Paros in the sum­mer of 2012.

The court on Sy­ros, the ad­min­is­tra­tive cap­i­tal of the Cy­clades is­lands, found Ahmed Waqas guilty of at­tempted man­slaugh­ter and rape af­ter a tur­bu­lent trial dur­ing which the 23-year-old ad­mit­ted to all the charges brought against him and sought for­give­ness from his vic­tim’s rel­a­tives.

Dozens of peo­ple gath­ered out­side the court­room in the morn­ing in a show of sol­i­dar­ity for the vic­tim’s fam­ily and se­cu­rity was tight.

The mother of Myrto Pa­padomichelaki, who was aged 15 at the time of the at­tack, was also in court and had to be re­strained by po­lice when she tried to lash out at her daugh­ter’s at­tacker. She told the court that her daugh­ter was so badly dis- fig­ured when she first saw her af­ter the as­sault that she hardly rec­og­nized her, adding that doc­tors orig­i­nally told her that the teenager would never re­cover from the at­tack.

Ear­lier Waqas ad­mit­ted to try­ing to steal the teenager’s cell phone be­fore rap­ing her, bash­ing her head with a stone and hiding her be­hind a pile of rocks on a pop­u­lar Paros beach where mother and daugh­ter had been hol­i­day­ing. “I ac­cept all the charges,” Waqas told the court. “I ask her fam­ily to for­give me for what I’ve done.”

The girl, who was in a coma for sev­eral months af­ter the at­tack, re­turned to Greece at the weekend af­ter sev­eral months of spe­cial­ist treat­ment in a US hos­pi­tal.

But her mother told the court that she was dis­heart­ened by the slow pace of her daugh­ter’s re­cov­ery. “My child will never be the same again,” she said, prompt­ing the pre­sid­ing judge to seek to com­fort her.

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