A new volunteer translator named Martin has stepped forward to translate this article from Wednesday’s Salzburg 24 about a particularly brutal instance of cultural enrichment in Austria:
Verdicts of guilty for rape of 12-year-old
A 15- and a 16-year-old have been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment on Wednesday by the regional court of Korneuburg [12 km northwest of Vienna] on account of multiple rape of a 12-year-old girl, of which six months are unconditional.
They took time for consideration — as likewise did the prosecutor. Therefore, the judgment by the court of lay assessors is not legally binding yet. Further, the court ordered probation assistance and out-patient treatment for the adolescent sexual offenders. The verdict of guilty also included the offenses of grievous sexual abuse of a minor, attempted duress, and pornographic presentation of a minor.
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In December 2008 the Viennese counselor-at-law Tino Angkawidjaja, who pleads the victim’s private suit, had disclosed — after he had conferred with the mother — that a total of four young boys had been involved, however two of them were under the age of criminal responsibility. According to his statement they were 12- to 16-year-olds of Turkish immigrant background. The rapes happened on three different days in May 2008. The girl had turned to her mother no earlier than months later, whereupon the case got going.
According to prosecutor Stefan Dunkl the girl was coerced in May 2008 by violence and threats to acquiesce in cohabitation. The 12-year-old was held to the ground and beaten repeatedly into the face. If she resisted, they told her, she would be killed, if she let someone know, the film recorded by cell phone would be put on the internet. The girl has been harmed at her body and in her honour.
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