The proceedings about the gang rape of an 18-year-old girl have come to an end. Several defendants have been sentenced to prison for the rape. The main defendant is sentenced to five years and six months in prison. Some of them have been released. The reaction of the defendants – on video.Five defendants were given a prison sentence and two were sentenced to juvenile delinquency for repeatedly raping the young woman in October 2018. Other young men involved have been convicted of failing to offer aid, including Kosay A., who can be seen in the video above. The 18-year-old, who was a joint plaintiff in the trial, still has post-traumatic stress disorder and sleep problems, the judge said on Thursday.”The consequences of the crime are severe,” said the presiding judge of the Freiburg Regional Court, Stefan Bürgelin, at the sentencing on Thursday. The young woman was not able to take part in a second questioning in the trial, which has lasted over 43 trial days since June 2019. According to a medical certificate, she is still suffering from the crime, which had caused outrage far beyond Freiburg. To this day, she has been struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and sleeping problems.The trial of the defendants, mostly refugees from Syria and Iraq, lasted more than a year. They were between 18 and 30 years old at the time of the crime. The court heard numerous witnesses and experts and tried to determine the exact complicity of the defendants. Bürgelin described the course of events on the night of the crime with numerous rapes in a bush in detail once again.The 18-year-old girl had been taking ecstasy, alcohol and caffeine and was therefore not able to make and speak out an opposing opinion. She had lost all sense of time and no longer had the feeling of being in her own body. Bürgelin rejected the defendants’ statements that the sexual intercourse had been consensual, as a purely self-serving assertion. “In such a case, this is a standard statement that is not witty,” he said.Bürgelin accused the main defendant: “You set the ball rolling and took advantage of it.” He had lured her outside under the pretext of showing her his tattoos. After the first rape, the man had deliberately led the woman to the other perpetrators. “Therefore you deserve the highest punishment.”
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