Two Romanian men were yesterday jailed to 12 years each after being found guilty of the brutal rape of a Polish woman in Limassol on July 31.
A Limassol Criminal Court judge told the two that their mitigation plea counted for very little due to the “sadistic and brutal attack” of the victim.
The 37-year-old Polish mother of two had been found half-naked, badly beaten and abandoned on a side road close to the village of Fasoula in the early hours of the morning.
The unconsciouss woman had been rushed to hospital where a state pathologist had confirmed that the victim had been repeatedly beaten and raped. She was treated for a fractured jaw and broken ribs. The woman had been living in Cyprus with her husband and two small children.
The assailants, said to be a 26-year-old and a 36-year-old who had been living in Cyprus for the last two years, had initially pleaded not guilty. The court had previously heard that the 26-year-old is a father of a four-year-old boy while the 36-year-old has three children aged 19, 17 and 14. They were arrested one day after the attack when several witnesses told investigators that the victim had been seen with the two men at a bar in Limassol. The victim was also seen getting into the car with the two men.
Upon their arrest, police had said that the 26-year-old had pointed the finger at the 36-year-old saying it was he alone who had raped and beaten the woman. The 36-year-old, however, had painted a different picture – claiming that they were both drunk and had assaulted the victim.