Cyprus Mail

Guilty plea by one member of rape family

The youngest member of the family of four suspected of sexually abusing relatives between 1992 – 2002 admitted he was guilty on Wednesday and will be sentenced on Friday at Limassol criminal court.

Aged 36, he faces charges for indecent assault.

Meanwhile, his older brother, 37, their father 63 and his ex-wife, 64 deny the charges which include rape, attempted rape, indecent assault against a woman and a man, and harassment of a 13-year-old female.

The trial for the three will resume in February and they will remain in custody until then.

The 64-year-old woman’s lawyer objected to the detention, saying she should be released with certain conditions. The court decreed she could be released provided a €100,000 bail was paid.

As the condition was not met, she too was sent to the central prison.

All four of them face a total of 40 charges.

The victims are the children of the 64-year-old woman’s two brothers. The two girls – now 29 and 34 – are sisters to the boy – now 27 – while the fourth victim is the daughter of the second brother.

All four cousins are believed to have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of their aunt, uncle and their two sons.

The case came to light after the 29-year-old reported the crime following advice from her therapist. The other three followed suit and all said they kept their silence all these years for fear of not being believed.



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