Attacker gets 16-year term
An Athens court yesterday sentenced a 29-yearold man dubbed by media “the dragon of Maroussi” to 16 years and two months in prison for the attempted rape of six women in the northern suburb of Maroussi in 2016. Judges dismissed the defendant’s claims that he “heard voices compelling” him to “humiliate” his victims, whom he accosted in remote areas, usually in the very early hours. “The attacks happened in underpasses that did not get a lot of foot traffic,” the prosecution told the court, arguing that they were calculated and not spur-of-the-moment, as the defendant claimed. “The timing was not random either… He was methodical and that is evident from the victims he chose, women he could control.” The defendant had earlier told the court that he became mentally unhinged after he was left by his girlfriend, a Romanian prostitute he identified as “Zorzeta,” and that he did not want to rape the women he attacked, just “shame” and “humiliate” them as he had been humiliated.