Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
These three cops have been sent to jail for nine months as they wait to be tried for gang-raping an 18-year-old girl.
The three policemen have been suspended from their roles and jailed for nine months as a preventative measure by a court in the town of Paramonga in the Barranca province in the region of Lima in central Peru.
Local media report an 18-year-old girl, whose name has not been revealed, accused the three policemen named as Yonathan Ayala Jaramillo, 25, Anthony Jonathan Moreno Gutierrez, 22, and Angel Orlando Solano Retuerto, 23, of taking her to one of their homes and raping her.
According to the girl’s testimony, she met the three men in a nightclub on 2nd November and then they took her and a friend to the house.
They then allegedly raped her while her friend managed to escape. The victim reportedly filed a complaint at a police station the following morning.
According to local media, the three alleged aggressors had to be escorted into the court building by police as the victim’s relatives and onlookers were standing outside to demand justice.
During the trial, the three defendants declared their innocence one by one but the Public Ministry reportedly found enough evidence to jail them for nine months as a preventive measure as the investigation is ongoing. The three suspects have been transferred to a prison.
The mother of the 18-year-old girl, whose name remains anonymous, told local reporters: “They will go to prison, they will serve their sentence, but my daughter is the one who will be affected for life, a life sentence is like wishing someone were dead and I don’t want that for anyone.”
According to Cesar Arbulu Bruffau, the Head of the Police in the District of Huacho, also in the region of Lima, the Chief Inspector in Paramonga, Segundo Protocarrero Lopez, will also be dismissed as this is not the first irregularity in the period he has been in charge of the department.
The investigation is ongoing.
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