Dutch ‘rapist’ Stelling­w­erf ar­rested in Barcelona af­ter an­other woman claims he raped her

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Neil Camil­leri

A man who stands charged with rap­ing his for­mer Mal­tese girl­friend has been ar­rested in Barcelona af­ter a woman filed a po­lice re­port claim­ing she was also raped by the Dutch­man.

Jo­hann Stellinfw­erf had been sum­moned to court as his com­pi­la­tion of ev­i­dence was set to re­sume yes­ter­day but Mag­is­trate Josette Demi­coli was told that the ac­cused was ab­sent be­cause he was be­ing held un­der ar­rest in Spain.

Sources said Stelling­w­erf is be­ing “held for in­ves­ti­ga­tion” af­ter a woman claimed she was raped by him but he has not been charged with any­thing yet. If he is charged it is un­clear whether the Span­ish case would be heard be­fore the Malta case con­tin­ues.

The Dutch­man, 35, is ac­cused of rap­ing a Mal­tese woman in 2013 dur­ing a brief re­la­tion­ship.

Mr Stelling­w­erf de­nies the claims and has in­sisted that the re­la­tion­ship was a “happy” one and that ev­ery­thing was con­sen­sual. He had pre­sented over a thou­sand pic­tures in court, to­gether with amorous text mes­sages, he claims were sent by the woman. Many were sent in the pe­riod dur­ing which she claims she was raped. She had also vis­ited him in the Netherlands dur­ing the same pe­riod.

Stelling­w­erf had ini­tially been ac­cused of de­fraud­ing his girl­friend out of €25,000 af­ter she claimed that the in­ter­net and mar­ket­ing re­lated ser­vices he pro­vided to help pro­mote her hair­dress­ing busi­ness had been done un­der the guise of a fic­ti­tious com­pany. But he claimed – and he had shown The Malta In­de­pen­dent a Dutch court ver­dict to this ef­fect – that the com­pany ex­isted and the woman had been or­dered to pay the firm sum of €27,000.

The Dutch­man claimed the woman wanted him to pay her €3,000 in re­turn for her drop­ping the charges but when he re­fused the po­lice added the rape charge.

In 2006, Stelling­w­erf was ac­cused of rape by five women. Three of the ac­cusers sub­se­quently re­tracted the charges but he was con­victed in the other two cases. He is cur­rently ap­peal­ing the cases be­fore the Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights.

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