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15-year-old tourist on Paros Island beaten and probably raped

31 July 2012 / 14:07:27  GRReporter
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The case with a 15-year-old girl who was found beaten, half-naked and in a coma on one of the most famous beaches on the island of Paros nine days ago, is taking a different course. Several hours later, the girl was transferred by helicopter to Attikon Hospital in the Athenian suburb of Haidari, with a severe cranial-cerebral trauma. Since then and until today the victim has been in the intensive care ward but doctors are not giving any prognoses about the probability of partial or complete recovery. They define her condition as critical but stable and under control.

The opinion of forensic doctor Nikos Kalogrias that he has found traces of a man's semen over the girl's swimsuit and body, changes completely the course of the investigation and the previous suggestions that she had fallen on the rocks and her serious injuries were a result from the fall.

The version on which investigating authorities have been working since yesterday, is that the victim had met a man at the place where she was later found. Meanwhile, the toxicology and histology results are still expected, because, according to sources, during the first examination the forensic doctor found no signs of sexual abuse. The other fact giving reason to suspect an attack is that the girl's phone was not found either on the beach, or in the sea. The mother claims that it had stopped ringing shortly before finding her daughter.

According to an article in the newspaper To Vima, the police are investigating 12 men - Greeks and foreigners who live or work on the island of Paros. Four of them are working on a construction site, near the crime scene, one had been passing by the place at the time of the attack, three are holiday makers on the island and at least two knew and had contacts with the victim's family.

The police have questioned at least 50 people and define the offender's behaviour as "particularly brutal" after he had almost completely smashed the girl's face. They indicate that these specific actions are quite similar to the attacks of Satanists in the early 1990s.

From data collected so far it is known that the 15-year-old girl has been spending the summer with her mother and sister at the home of a family friend - a shop-owner on the island. This was the third family vacation in the area of Marpisa on the Cycladic island. Nine days ago, on a Sunday afternoon, they went to the beach. The younger daughter told her mother she was going for a walk to the rocks which are in close proximity. The girl was later found there by her mother and sister. "I saw her lying on her back, and the bottom part of her swimsuit and her short pants were thrown away. There were wounds all over her face and she was uttering loud snoring-like noises. There was blood on two of the rocks."

The police do not discount the possibility that the girl had strayed to the rocky area together with an acquaintance and was attacked in order to be raped on the stairs leading there. The attacker, in his fear that she might reveal him, had probably pushed her over the rocks and the fall had caused the severe head injuries.

There are three hotel complexes within a radius of about 100 metres from the site of the attack. One of the hotels provides full visibility to it and the police expressed surprise over the attacker's decision "to commit such a savage attack when he could be seen very easily, moreover, it hadn't even got dark yet." Equally strange is the fact that so far the police have found no eyewitnesses of the incident.

Over the next few days, the results of other studies are expected to be ready, after the marks discovered on the girl's neck, caused by the attacker while he was trying to strangle her with a towel or with the strap of her swimsuit.

According to sources, the police are also investigating a case of an attack against a local businessman, which had happened three days before the attack on the girl near the same beach. In this case, the attackers were three foreigners.

Authorities and the victim's family made an open appeal to all who may have seen someone accompanying her, to inform the police.

Tags: Crime news attack Paros beatings rape tourist investigation
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