A gang of teenage Muslim migrants have been sentenced to less than two years in youth offender centres for beating and raping a vulnerable Swedish woman at an isolated beauty spot.
The assault took place at the end of summer, when a 23-year-old woman was approached by two migrants while she was sitting on a park bench crying. They started out friendly, offering her beer and suggesting they visit a local beauty spot. Once at the Fåfängan lookout point on Södermalm island the men became violent, throwing the woman to the ground and beating her around the head.
Once she had given up resisting the beating, the men took off the woman’s clothes and started to rape her – and calling their friends to join them in the process. In the end the woman claimed to have been raped anally and vaginally six times by the group, some of which laughed at her during the ordeal, reports the Swedish Free Press.
To add insult to her injury, the group gave her $100 in payment for her service as they left.
After the men left the victim alerted police and received medical treatment. Three of the perpetrators were tracked down using police sniffer dogs at a nearby migrant tent city.
The young men now judged responsible for the crime are migrants from North Africa, and in common with many arriving in Europe hoping to claim asylum arrived without paperwork. After they were arrested by police following the rape, the men claimed to be between 13 and 16 years old, guaranteeing minimal sentencing. In the event while the judge told the defendants he didn’t believe they were that young, it was impossible to prove either way. Swedish media is reporting they are believed to be between 15 and 18 years old.
Of the three men charged, two denied raping the woman, protestations which were disproved by the court with police evidence. A third admitted to sleeping with her, but insisted the act was consensual, and that he had met her while walking home from mosque. Because of their ages, two of those responsible were sentenced to six months in juvenile detention each, reports TheLocal.se. The third received nine months – a total of less than two years between them for a brutal beating and degrading gang rape.
Speaking to the press after the sentencing, the victim said she was glad they had been convicted but found their short sentences “sick”. She said since the attack she had felt “bloody awful”, having sustained multiple injuries, some of which will stay with her for the rest of her life.
Reporting of the incident has been very careful in Sweden, where media outlets wilfully self-censor to prevent migrants being presented in a bad light. In Aftonbladet, Sweden’s best selling daily, the migrant origin of the rapists was only mentioned in the 14th paragraph of their report yesterday.
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