Finland’s Supreme Court denies appeal in case of 10-year-old sexually abused by asylum seeker

Finland’s Supreme Court denies appeal in case of 10-year-old sexually abused by asylum seeker

[Ed. – If that decision were made here, liberals would be dancing in the street.]

The Supreme Court has rejected the prosecution’s request to appeal a three-year prison sentence handed down by a Pirkanmaa court for sexual crimes committed against a 10-year-old girl in autumn 2016.

The case attracted a great deal of attention because both the local district court and the court of appeal decided against handing down a verdict for aggravated rape.

The prosecution sought leave to appeal the verdict. It wanted a harsher conviction for the defendant – a 23-year-old asylum seeker – on the grounds of aggravated rape as well as the original verdict of aggravated sexual abuse. The prosecution also sought harsher sentencing for the man as well as heavier damages for the victim.

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However the Supreme Court refused leave to appeal the conviction and sentence, leaving the original appeal court sentence unchanged.

The Pirkanmaa District Court and the Turku Appeal Court both convicted the man of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor and sentenced him to a three-year custodial sentence. Both courts found that the man had had sexual intercourse with the child and had performed sexual acts with her by sending messages about sexual matters.

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