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Appeal court upholds guilty verdict in Oulu child sex abuse case

The defendant's 40-month sentence was upheld, but the damages he was ordered to pay the victim were reduced.

Syytetty kasvot peitettynä Oulun käräjäoikeudessa
The defendant in Oulu District Court last summer. Image: Timo Nykyri / Yle

The Rovaniemi Court of Appeal has upheld the conviction by Oulu District Court of a 30-year-old man for the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl.

The court sentenced the defendant, Javad Mirzad, to three years and four months in prison after he was found guilty of aggravated child sexual abuse by the district court last summer.

The appeal court confirmed the man's guilty verdict on the charges brought against him. However, the court halved the amount of damages the defendant was ordered to pay the victim - down a total of 1,500 euros.

The appeal hearing was linked to a series of similar cases in which a 13-year-old girl was believed to have suffered abuse at the hands of eight foreign-background men between June and October of 2018.

The court found that the offences involving the defendant occurred at a private residence in the Oulu region August 2018 and that the victim and the defendant had been in contact via a messaging service.

All of the defendants involved had arrived in the country as asylum seekers or quota refugees.

Thursday's appeal hearing was the second case in which the district court decision was upheld. In December the appellate court upheld a three-year sentence imposed on Osman Humad last summer.

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