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Youngest member of ‘sexual abuse’ family released on bail

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THE youngest member of a family of four, embroiled in a historic case of sexual abuse of four relatives between 1992 and 2002, was released on Friday on a two year suspended sentence having paid €5,000 in bail.

Imprisonment for the man, now aged 36, would not have been fitting for the particular case as although the charges were serious they were not the worst of their kind, and nothing more than “teenage touching” the Limassol court said, even calling his fine ‘excessive’.

“Our approach would have been completely different if the perpetrator had, at the time of the offence, been older,” the court said but took into consideration that he is young and has a partner.

Aged 15 at the time of the incidents and 18 in another instance when the plaintiff was 17, the court said this was a contributing factor to the decision.

The fact that he pleaded guilty earlier this week to four charges of indecent assault against four of his cousins, also worked in his favour, the court said, adding that he showed remorse and had no freedom for the past three months while he was detained.

The prosecution said it would be appealing the case, unsatisfied with the result.

His elder brother, 37, father, 63, and mother, 64, who are now divorced, are being held in the central prisons awaiting trial in February.

They face far more serious charges which include rape, attempted rape, indecent assault against a woman and a man, and harassment of a 13-year-old female.

The victims are the children of the 64-year-old woman’s two brothers. The two girls – now 29 and 34 – and their brother, now 27, are children of the first brother, 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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