Man ac­cused of vi­o­lently rap­ing and show­ing pornog­ra­phy to his young nieces

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Neil Camil­leri

A man yes­ter­day pleaded not guilty to a string of sex­ual abuse charges in­volv­ing his three young nieces, the most se­ri­ous of which is vi­o­lent rape.

Mag­is­trate Aaron Bugeja, who presided over the ar­raign­ment, or­dered a ban on the names of the ac­cused and the vic­tims and all lo­cal­i­ties men­tioned in the court­room.

The man was ac­cused of hav­ing, on 11 Oc­to­ber of this year and in the years be­fore, vi­o­lently raped two rel­a­tives who are mi­nors. He was fur­ther charged with par­tic­i­pat­ing in sex­ual acts with the girls, forc­ing the older girl to wit­ness sex­ual abuse, pro­duc­ing or be­ing in pos­ses­sion of in­de­cent ma­te­rial and de­fil­ing the chil­dren when they were placed un­der his care.

Sources close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion said the man had anally raped the girls at a time when they were still three and five years old. The al­leged abuse went on for a num­ber of years. The man had also shown a porno­graphic video to a third sis­ter, the youngest of the three. The younger girl had even­tu­ally spo­ken out about the abuse, lead­ing to the man’s ar­rest.

The ac­cused, who faces up to 20 years in prison, pleaded not guilty but did not make a re­quest for bail.

Lawyer Ben­jamin Valen­zia was le­gal aid lawyer. In­spec­tor Joseph Busut­til pros­e­cuted.

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