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Rapist sentenced to eight years

A court in Larnaca on Thursday sentenced Costas Karamani, 27 from Tsakkilero village to eight years imprisonment for the abduction and rape of a 42-year-old Bulgarian woman in the coastal city last October.

According to the facts of the case, the woman, had previously been in a six-month relationship with Karamani that had ended in July. On the afternoon of October 5, she found the man waiting for her at the entrance to the apartment block where she resides where he said he wanted to come to her flat and speak to her, which she refused.

This angered Karamani who forcibly pushed the victim into the lift of the building, violently taking her keys and coercing her into the flat.

The woman refused to have sex with him after he asked, leading him to bite her hand, push her aggressively against the wall, and come into sexual contact with her against her will.

The woman, crying and in shock reported the rape to Larnaca CID who arrested Karamani in the evening of the same day.

Clothes worn during the incident were taken for forensic examination and tests showed genetic material isolated from a cervical smear and the victim’s underwear, matched that of Karamani.

In sentencing the court took into consideration the charges of stealing, publicly insulting, assaulting, assaulting with actual bodily harm and indecently assaulting the woman.

In Karamani’s favour the court took into account his clean criminal record and his admission of guilt to the police and court.

According to the court’s decision sentencing took into consideration the facts that two of the charges against the defendant demonstrated in “the most obvious way, tendency he has to commit offences involving a strong element of violence which have a sexual nature.”

Karamani was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment for rape while no penalty was imposed for the kidnapping charge.


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