De­fen­dant ac­quit­ted of ra­pe char­ge

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

Rad­j­en M on Wed­nes­day who was on tri­al for the sexu­al abu­se of a 13-ye­a­rold girl was ac­quit­ted of the ra­pe char­ge. Jud­ge Ro­bert Praag did not deem it proven that the de­fen­dant had com­mit­ted the cri­me. The vic­tim had told the court that RM had sexu­al­ly abu­sed her in a car. The teen­a­ger la­ter dis­co­ver­ed that she was preg­nant with his child and was ta­ken to a doc­tor. She re­por­ted­ly had an abor­ti­on. The jud­ge poin­ted out a DNA test could ha­ve con­fir­med if RM had in­deed im­preg­na­ted the un­der­a­ge girl. Rad­j­en M re­pe­a­ted­ly in­sisted that he was in­no­cent. De­fen­se At­tor­ney Ir­vin Kan­hai poin­ted out that the girl clai­med that the sexu­al acts took pla­ce in a car in front of a hou­se. He deems it stran­ge that no­bo­dy had heard or seen any­thing. “The cri­me could not ha­ve been com­mit­ted the­re.” An in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on in the neigh­bor­hood al­so did not turn up any evi­den­ce or leads in the ca­se. No­bo­dy from the neigh­bor­hood had heard the girl screa­ming or run­ning out of the car. The de­fen­se at­tor­ney ex­plai­ned that the­re are mul­ti­ple hou­ses and even a sto­re in the neigh­bor­hood and that the ra­pe the­re­fo­re would not ha­ve go­ne un­no­ti­ced. The grand­mo­ther of the vic­tim al­so had not no­ti­ced any­thing stran­ge or unu­su­al. The jud­ge poin­ted out that the­re evi­den­ce alt­hough the­re are in­di­ca­ti­ons that the cri­me could ha­ve been com­mit­ted. He the­re­fo­re ac­quit­ted the de­fen­dant. The pro­se­cu­ti­on had de­mand­ed that the man be put be­hind bars for fi­ve ye­ars.

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