31 August, 2012

SOMALI young rapist gets jail time, expulsion

SOMALI young rapist gets jail time, expulsion

The convicted boy is believed to have met the ten-year-old girl in this playground in Gullestrup, near Herning. (Photo: Scanpix)

Christian Wenande
The Copenhagen Post

But the young man who raped a ten-year-old girl last year may not be able to be expelled due to international law

The 17-year-old boy who was convicted of raping a ten-year-old girl in a small town in Jutland received a six year jail sentence to be followed by permanent expulsion.

The boy, who is of Somali heritage, showed no sign of emotion as judge Peter Bredahl read out the decision in the court in Herning yesterday.

The boy had been arrested in November last year after raping the young girl in a wooded area near the Gullestrup settlement near Herning.

Defence lawyer Jeppe L. Jepsen wasn’t surprised over the verdict, but said that it was a bit too stiff. Jepsen asked the court for deliberation time in regards to an appeal.

The state prosecutor Jacob Balsgaard was satisfied over the decision which he had argued should be between six and eight years along with permanent expulsion.

But whether the boy will actually be expelled is another matter. After he serves his jail sentence, the immigration authorities will decide whether or not Somalia is safe enough to complete the expulsion.

Sending the boy to a country in which his life and health would be at risk would go against Denmark’s international obligations. If it is gauged that he cannot be expelled then he would remain in Denmark on a tolerated stay.

And, according to Jyllands-Posten newspaper, before the decision was revealed, Jepsen told his client that, “No matter what, you won’t be sent to Somalia.”

In attendance at the court were a number of members of the right wing Danish Defence League (DDF), many of whom clapped as the judge read out the sentence.

The case has generated a lot of attention in the area, and the Islam-critical DDF led demonstrations in December after the incident.

There were also fears of vigilantism when locals threatened to take matters into their own hands, as it took the police over a week to make an arrest. The threats prompted authorities to urge young immigrant boys in the area to remain indoors.

Source: The Copenhagen Post


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