- A man accused of rape now says he was in a relationship with the victim
- When the woman got pregnant, the man asked her to carry out a DNA test
- Instead, she said she wanted to get an abortion
- The man claims she made false accusations of rape after he objected
A defense lawyer claims a man convicted of raping, torturing and threatening to kill a woman was in a relationship with the alleged victim.
The 25-year-old Bahraini was found guilty of viciously assaulting the 21-year-old Russian woman at his family home in Shakhoora last December.
He was jailed for life by the High Criminal Court, but is now appealing at the Supreme Criminal Appeals Court, which is due to deliver a verdict on Jan.18.
Defence lawyer Fatima Hamad is lobbying for his acquittal based on claims that the alleged victim fabricated the story because the defendant objected to her getting an abortion.
“My client and the Russian woman were in a relationship for three years and lived together at his home,” said Ms. Hamad as she outlined her defense argument.
She claimed the defendant, a hotel security guard, only had consensual sex with the alleged victim – who worked in the same hotel.
“When she got pregnant with their child my client offered to marry her,” claimed Ms. Hamad.
“He then told her to carry out a DNA test to prove he was the father, but she said that she would travel to Russia to get an abortion.
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“He objected and she filed a false complaint against him because he did not want to get rid of the child.
“He did not even know about the case before he learned he had been sentenced to life in jail in absentia.”
The lawyer has now asked judges to acquit her client, claiming there was insufficient evidence to convict him.
She also claimed the alleged victim’s decision to leave the country suggested she was not a credible witness.
Meanwhile, she argued the court had set a date for a ruling without hearing the testimony of the defendant’s family, who allegedly shared a house with the pair.
The defendant is accused of raping the woman at his family home while his parents were in the house.
In her statement at the Public Prosecution, the alleged victim said she was repeatedly punched in the face, raped and cut with a razor blade.
She added that as soon as the defendant let her leave the house she went to a police station to file a complaint.
The defendant’s mother admitted to prosecutors during questioning that she saw the Russian woman run out of the house in tears.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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