Stockholm newspaper carrier guilty of rape

A newspaper delivery man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl he met while out on his morning rounds in Stockholm has been convicted of rape by a court of appeal.

Stockholm newspaper carrier guilty of rape

“Obviously, it’s a relief, especially for my client,” the victim’s lawyer, Carolina Nilsson, told the Metro newspaper.

The 31-year-old newspaper carrier ran into the girl while out delivering papers on the Stockholm island of Södermalm on the morning of July 31st, 2011, the Metro newspaper reported.

According to the girl’s account of the incident, she had gone out for a cigarette when the man began showering her with an unprompted litany of compliments.

Suddenly, the 31-year-old started kissing her and then forced her into a back garden where he proceeded to sexually assault the girl.

After the girl reported the incident to police, the mail carrier was subsequently charged with rape.

The 31-year-old later claimed the girl had bee hitting on him, resulting in nothing more than a kiss.

He explained the semen recovered from the girl’s clothes by saying he ejaculated prematurely.

The man was initially acquitted following his district court trial due to doubts about the credibility of the victim’s testimony.

According to the original indictment, the girl was under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident and was therefore considered to be in a helpless state.

Prosecutors and the girl’s lawyer appealed the ruling to the Svea Court of Appeal, which overturned the lower court’s verdict and convicted the 31-year-old delivery man of rape.

He was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay 91,800 kronor ($12,970) in compensation to the victim.

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