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4-year prison sentence in Oulu child sexual abuse case

The case was the first in a series of eight involving the same underage victim.

Afganistanilaistaustaista miestä epäillään törkeästä lapsen seksuaalisesta hyväksikäytöstä ja törkeästä raiskauksesta.
File photo of the defendant in court. Image: Mari Jäntti / Yle

Oulu District Court has sentenced a man to four years in prison for the aggravated rape and aggravated sexual abuse of a child. He was also ordered to pay the victim 22,000 euros for pain, suffering and undermining her psychological situation.

The female victim was 13 years old at the time of the crimes. They took place between April and September of last year in a private residence in the northern city of Oulu.

The court says that there were "shortcomings in the victim's ability to act and understand", which the perpetrator should have realised. The perpetrator and the victim had met and kept in contact via Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

According to the Finnish News Agency STT, the perpetrator is a 21-year-old who came from Afghanistan as an asylum seeker.

Special prosecutor Pia Mäenpää said she is satisfied with the court's decision, while council for the defence, Jaana Piipar said both she and her client were disappointed with it, saying they plan to initiate appeal proceedings.

Oulu eight

The case is one of a series of crimes that came to light in Oulu at the end of last year. Altogether eight men are suspected of aggravated sexual abuse and violent assault of the same victim over the course of nearly five months.

Police say all the suspects came to Finland as refugees or asylum seekers. Some have already been granted Finnish citizenship. Yle has learned that at least three of the men lived at the same reception centre.

The cases are being handled separately. One other case has been passed on to the district court. The six others will probably go to trial this summer.

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