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Child rapist gets 14 years in jail

The Larnaca Criminal Court yesterday sentenced a 37-year-old man to 14 years in jail for the rape of an underage boy last August.

Andreas Nolas had been found guilty following his admission that he had raped a 9-year-old Palestinian boy on the roof of a building near Phinikoudes on the evening of August 1, 2012.

The decision was announced behind closed doors.

The boy had been playing with a friend in a parking lot at Phinikoudes when Nolas approached with his moped, offering to take him to see his dog.

The boy got on the moped but Nolas forced him on to a rooftop some 500 metres from Phinikoudes where he raped him and then abandoned the scene.

The 9-year-old subsequently walked to the police station and told officers what had happened to him.

The court expressed abhorrence over the manner the defendant had acted, not hesitating to use violence against the child who cried and begged him to let him go.

The court said it took into account the man’s psychological problems and his admission, which made it unnecessary for the victim to testify and relive his traumatic experience.

But the court also considered the defendant’s prior record, having been jailed for 15 years for manslaughter and five years for attempted rape of a female Chinese student in 1994.

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