4 Of 5 Kids Who Raped Teen Escape Jail As Too Young

Four of the five boys aged between 12 and 14 convicted for gang-raping an 18-year-old in a playground have escaped jail because of their ages.

The attack by the five boys who are all members of the same extended family group from Bulgaria happened in Muelheim, a city in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on 5th July last year.

The court heard that one of the boys, aged 14, who had been a boyfriend of the girl had persuaded her to come to the park. But after having consensual sex with her, the others then appeared and she was dragged into some bushes and raped.

A police spokesman said: “There was violence, massive violence.”

The victim was raped while the gang filmed the ordeal on a mobile phone, and the court heard that the woman was “abused in various ways”, although police did not share details.

A 61-year-old man who had been walking his dog discovered what was happening as two of the attackers was still with the woman when he walked past, and ran off when they saw him. He called police and the victim was taken to hospital with unspecified injuries.

After the victim gave a detailed description of the perpetrators, the police were able to arrest all five as they were still nearby.

As children under the age of 14 cannot be prosecuted in Germany, the two 12-year-olds were handed over to their parents.

The three 14-year-old boys spent a night in a police cell before their parents picked them up, according to reports, and they have now been convicted.

In its ruling the court said: “Except for one of the two twelve-year-olds, all the boys penetrated the teenager. She was also beaten in the process.” They said that by this point, the teenager had not consented what was going on even though she had expected that she might have sex with her ex-boyfriend.

The Duisburg district court imposed two years and six months’ imprisonment on the main accused, identified only as Georgi S., who is now aged 15, and his two pals of a similar age were given probation for 18 months with the condition that they also have permanent arrest for four weeks.

Justifying the sentences a Duisburg district court spokesman said: “In defence of the accused, the judges felt that they were very young when the crime took place and because of their age were only on the threshold of criminal responsibility.”

Police spokesman Peter Elke said: “After we determined that two of the group members are 12 years old and therefore are not criminally responsible, we handed them over to the parents.

“The three 14-year-olds were arrested and detained overnight. They were released on Saturday after interrogation.”

According to local media, the five teenagers originally hail from the southern Bulgarian town of Pazardzhik in Pazardzhik Province and are partly related to each other.

The incident is similar to a case a year ago in Velbert, a town near Mulheim, in western Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia state, where a gang of eight Bulgarian teens raped a 13-year-old girl.

The perpetrators were eventually jailed, receiving sentences of nine months to four years in prison.

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