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Rape Suspect Remanded in Custody Until September

By Iceland Review

The man suspected of raping a 23-year-old woman during the Westman Islands’ bank holiday festival has been remanded to stay in custody until September 2; he is considered to be a threat to public safety.

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From the Westman Islands.

The District Court of South Iceland arrested the individual after a 23-year-old woman identified him as the man who assaulted her inside a portable restroom in Thjódhátíd festival (July 28 to August 1). In the remanded custody verdict the court stated the individual in question is considered to be a threat to public safety and that he “is likely to re-offend should he be released as his choice of victims appears to be completely random,” mbl.is reports.

According to mbl.is, the court’s premises for remanding the custody are “the intention to brutally assault the victim’s character and rights to physical control over her body.

“When a suspect is considered to be the primary offender and the nature of the violation is examined, public safety must be taken into the equation.”

The same man was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment in 2006 for a similar assault during the Humarhátíd or the Lobster festival in Höfn in Hornafjördur, for which he served a total of one year in incarcaration, according to pressan.is.

The rape for which he was found guilty in 2006 was savage and violent. He pulled the girl’s hair and squeezed her neck before forcing her to perform oral sex on him. Following the event he laughed in her face and threatened to kill her if she dared to tell on him.

The young woman suffered from a post-traumatic stress disorder following the assault and a forensic medical professional is documented as having said that never in his life had he seen an individual so traumatized, pressan.is reports.

His sentence was reduced to 18 months because he was a first-time offender and young age.

The suspect has admitted to entering the portable restroom with the woman where she performed oral sex on him. He claims that when the door was open she ran out in embarrassment and afterwards he went to look for her. When he caught up with her she was frightened and did not want to speak to him.

His statement is not considered credible.

The young woman ran to security staff and hid behind them as the suspect caught up with her; she made a positive identification in a police lineup. The evidence against the suspect is a sound and video recording of the woman’s recognition of his facial features where he was number five in the lineup.

Three security staff members that assisted the girl confirmed that the suspect was chasing her when she came to them for help. Her strong hold on the staff member’s arm and her agitated demeanor as the man approached caused the security staff to be suspicious of him.

Security staff told the authorities the suspect was highly intoxicated and appeared to be holding his genitals and offered them to the victim as she hid behind them, pressan.is reports.

In the remandment of custody order contradictions in the suspect’s testimony concerning his clothing at the time are documented.

The suspect can expect a heavy sentence should he be found guilty of rape for the second time and can expect as much as 16 years imprisonment, pressan.is reports.

The suspect is still to pay the victim in the 2006 assault ISK 200.000 in compensation but the state has already paid her ISK 600.000 from state funds, pressan.is reports.

The amount paid by the state funds is to be reimbursed by the accused offender but rape victims in Iceland have to claim the rest of the money they are owed from the accused.

In July this year the state was owed ISK 266 million from 306 cases. Every year the state has to pay somewhere between ISK 130 to 160 million to victims of violence and sex crimes, pressan.is reports.

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