Sunday, 9 October 2011

Di-ve: Rapist jailed for 9 years

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04 October 2011 -- 13:15CEST

A 26-year-old man was jailed for 9 years after he admitted to raping an 18-year-old Frenchman in an incident which occurred over 3 years ago.

Sudan-born Ahmed Issa admitted to raping the 18-year-old, who was in Malta to learn English, in Paceville in the small hours of February 3, 2008. He was set to face a trial by jury.

The 18-year-old was distributing flyers for an upcoming party with his friends. By the time he stopped distributing them at around 0100h, his friends had all left home, and he tried to find a taxi to take him to his host family in Balzan. However, he had just €5 and could not find a taxi to take him home for that amount, or someone to share a taxi with.

Later in the night, he approached Mr Issa and another man, asking them whether they were willing to drive him home for €5, and they accepted, telling him that their car was parked near the Hilton Hotel.

They walked down to Shingles Bay, but the 2 suddenly assaulted him, robbed his mobile phone and undressed him. When he cried for help, they hit him with a rock to silence him before raping him. They bound his feet with his own jacket and left, but Mr Issa returned minutes later and raped him again.

Mr Issa admitted to 2 counts of rape, holding the victim against his will, injuring him, public indecency, and theft.

When delivering his sentence, Judge Lawrence Quintano acknowledged Mr Issa’s guilty plea, but noted that it could not be deemed to be an early admission. He subsequently jailed Mr Issa for 9 years.

Lawyer Aaron Bugeja prosecuted, while lawyer Joseph Mifsud represented Mr Issa.

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