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Laajasalo sexual abuse case trial continues

The suspects allegedly abused 19 female victims nearly all of whom were underage at the time of the crimes.

"Eno" Helsingin käräjäoikeudessa.
Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva

The trial of two suspects in the sexual crimes that came to light in Laajasalo, Helsinki last year has recommenced at the Helsinki District Court.

the judge in the case had given an interlocutory judgement in January and ordered the defendants undergo psychiatric evaluation to determine whether they were fit to stand trial.

The main suspects in the case are a 65-year-old man known as "Eno" and another man in his thirties identified in the preliminary investigation as an accomplice. Both have denied their guilt in the crimes.

At the end of last January, there were a total of 32 indictments in the case, and the interlocutory judgment was more than 200 pages long.

Prosecutors had said the suspected crimes took place at the man's flat in the Laajasalo district between 2006 and early 2019, when he was arrested.

19 underage victims

There are 19 female plaintiffs in the case — nearly all of whom were underage at the time of the crimes. The youngest victims were 7-8 years old

The accused are charged with, among other things, child sexual abuse, attempted rape or coercion into sexual acts, and aggravated drug offences.

According to the prosecutor, the men are suspected of making some of the victims unconscious by providing them with drugs, medicines and /or alcohol. One of the drugs used was reportedly an opioid painkiller that affects the central nervous system and should by no means be used along with alcohol.

The alleged abusers had also allegedly recorded their actions and victims, and Eno was suspected of showing porn to minors.

On Wednesday morning, another victim who was not identified last year was heard in court.

In its interlocutory judgment, the district court had ordered both men to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

A perpetrator is not guilty if at the time of the act, he or she is unable to understand the actual nature of his or her act, for example due to mental illness or a serious mental disorder, or if his or her ability to regulate his or her behaviour is decisively impaired.

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