Mid-range, riding, 19, says she is being chased by flashbacks to “sex attack” in Ayia Napa
She just wanted some summer fun. With her A-levels terminated and a place secured at the university, the 18-year-old British girl was looking forward to two weeks to do some ‘growing up’.
She wanted to tan, make new friends and dance until the sun came up. And if a holiday romance was thrown in … well, why not?
But within days of arriving at the Ayia Napa party resort in Cyprus, her dream became an endless nightmare.
The then 18-year-old British girl went to Ayia Napa for a summer full of fun for the university
Her reputation has been shattered, her place in college has disappeared and she has been so traumatized that she is dependent on prescription drugs for anxiety and PTSD.
She has been stuck on the island since July and only the financial and emotional support of her mother and a steady stream of family friends have held her together.
The flashbacks still haunt her.
So how did this middle-class girl, an avid rider from a good family, end up in such a terrible situation?
She traveled to the popular resort on July 10, notorious for teenage sighs, after booking a working vacation package with a summer takeover.
Billed as ‘Europe’s number 1 work holiday company’, it promises to deliver ‘the summer of a lifetime’ in Ayia Napa, with a package including accommodation for two weeks, and guaranteed interviews for barwork or leaflet in exchange for cuts cheap foam parties, cheap fish bowl cocktails and night clubs.
The accommodation – a shared room in the budget Pambos Napa Rocks hotel, close to the main strip of the resort – did not meet the pristine photos in the online promotion, but initially it looked promising.
She booked a shared room at the budget hotel Pambos Napa Rocks and arranged her Israeli summer vacation in his room on July 16 (photo)
She quickly made friends with her British housemates and met a handsome 21-year-old Israeli man – a promising footballer – who was staying at the hotel within a few days. They started with a holiday celebration.
They enjoyed the nights out and posed for photos together – one made her smile happily while she was sitting on his lap on a moped.
But days later the young woman says she was betrayed in the worst possible way.
The ominous story is one that nobody escapes untainted, and it makes disturbing reading for every parent whose children plan similar journeys next summer.
On the night of July 16, the couple agreed to meet in his room at the hotel, where guests were housed in blocks based on their nationality.
Little knew the girl, the friends of her beloved – who were staying at the hotel before they returned to Israel to start their national service – allegedly had other plans for her. They planned, she told the court, to “do orgies with her.”
A statement was read to the court of a witness describing how they had seen the young men outside the hotel and heard how they were staying ‘in’ because ‘the English girl was coming and they were going to f * * * her – all ‘.
The woman said she was pinned by her lover while his friends took turns attacking her and breaking her in his room (photo)
They “brag and laugh,” was the statement. They planned sex in a “bad and aggressive way.”
As is often the case today, the nasty events were recorded on mobile phones. Images played on the site showed topless young people trying to enter the room where the teenager had consensual sex with her vacation in the early hours of July 17. The video has become viral and even appeared on porn websites.
Shortly after the shooting was over, the woman claims she was attacked when 11 other men invaded the room. During a moving testimony, she said that she was pinned by her lover, while his friends in turn attacked and violated her.
Sitting on her chest and unable to breathe, she says she can’t even see how many of them raped her.
She said she finally managed to escape the room and her friends took her to a medical center where the staff called the police.
The young men – between 15 and 21 years old – were arrested and detained. Three of them insisted – when confronted with DNA evidence – that any gender had occurred was consensual.
The rape claim was a potential PR disaster for Cyprus, which is highly dependent on tourism and attracts 1.3 million British tourists and 230,000 Israelis every year. It was also a diplomatic nightmare for the island, with its close ties to the Israeli government and its attempt to seek natural gas on the island.
The charges against the Israelis were withdrawn and they flew home to welcome a heroes, drink champagne at Tel Aviv airport and sing “the Brit is a whore”
Ten days later – on the night of July 27 – the woman was taken back to a police station for questioning. She told her mother – who had flown to support her – that she would be back in an hour. It was just a routine chat, she thought.
Instead, she was interrogated for ten hours without a lawyer. It ended with the signing of a withdrawal statement at 2 am that she had invented the rape because she was “offended” for filming without her knowledge.
Within hours, the charges against the Israelis were withdrawn and flew home to welcome a heroes, drink champagne at Tel Aviv airport, and sing “the Brit is a whore.” At night, the victim’s young woman started to be treated like a criminal. Her passport was confiscated and she was arrested and taken to prison.
She said in court that Detective Sergeant Marios Christou threatened to arrest her friends if she didn’t sign the withdrawal and said she feared that the “corrupt officer would kill her.”
Her trial, for what is allegedly a small indictment in Cyprus, will be done in five shabolic months. It has had to deal with countless delays and postponements, with Judge Michalis Papathanasiou bizarrely terminating the proceedings to rule on minor criminal cases.
Yesterday he pronounced his guilty verdict with a damn summary that called her a liar and said, “She didn’t make a good impression in court.”
But her trial is not over yet – the judge postponed the conviction until January 7, when she could be sentenced to a year in prison and fined up to £ 1500.
She has already lost the place she earned in college. Her family had to save thousands of pounds in savings to stay on the island, and they have more than £ 50,000 in crowfund to pay legal fees.
Despite the trauma, she remains adamant that she will take her fight for justice to the highest courts.
She wants to delete her name. It’s all she wants.
Gang rape trial diplomacy storm: ministers threaten to step in if British teenager is convicted of inventing ‘sex attack’ by 12 Israeli men in Ayia Napa
A British teenager was in the middle of a diplomatic queue last night after being convicted of inventing a gang rape attack at a party resort in Cyprus.
The 19 year old The sun she had vowed to clear her name and added, “I am committed to seeking true justice.”
Her mother added: “This has been a nightmare. It’s so vengeful of the judge. We have been here since July and we are still waiting. He could have condemned her today and it would be over.
“We are very disappointed with the verdict, but we are not surprised by the fact that the particular judge has gone. He only tries to show who is the boss. ”
It came when the British government threatened to intervene about “serious concerns” about the treatment of the 19-year-old woman during a five-month lawsuit.
Officials said they would discuss the matter with their Cypriot counterparts, with a Foreign Ministry spokesperson adding, “The UK is deeply concerned about the guarantees of a fair trial in this very distressing case.”
A British teenager is in the middle of a diplomatic row after being convicted of inventing a gang rape attack in a party resort in Cyprus
The desperate mother of the teenager said last night that her daughter was living a “nightmare,” but had vowed to fight yesterday’s ruling at the European Court of Human Rights to clear her name.
During a summer vacation before going to college, the then 18-year-old student told the Cypriot police in July that she was raped by up to 12 Israeli youths in the island’s party town, Ayia Napa, who was being held by others as she had permission given sex with one.
But she later withdrew her statement and said she did so under pressure from investigators after ten hours of interrogation that was not recorded or executed for a lawyer.
Instead of being admitted home, the woman – who cannot be called for legal reasons – was in police custody and stranded on the Mediterranean island for five months, accused of “public calamity.”
Her lawyers say yesterday’s guilty verdict was “before the trial” and claimed there were “many violations” of her right to a fair trial.
The judge heard nothing from one of the alleged women attackers and was adamant that he would not decide whether she was raped or not, despite three men admitting they had sex with her.
When the verdict was given, women’s rights campaigners protested outside the court of Famagusta in Paralimni
Judge Michalis Papathanasiou, who often brought the woman to tears, rejected evidence submitted by British experts and supported her claim that she was being attacked and ruled that she “did not make a good impression, did not tell the truth, and tried to mislead the court” .
The teen’s mother said she was “very disappointed” by the “absolutely amazing verdict” and said the “nightmare” her daughter suffered from a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), scared when she hears loud, male, strange voices, and who suffer from insomnia and even hallucinations.
She added: “Really sad, I expected for an EU country that they would have some kind of legal process that would closely follow what we would see in the UK, but that is really not what I have seen here. Not at all.’
The mother said her daughter was “determined to see justice” for the “violation” of her human rights. The teenager will be sentenced next Tuesday and will be sentenced to one year in jail and a fine of £ 1500.
“It would be an absolute injustice if they decide to detain her for longer than the four and a half weeks she has already spent in prison [on remand]said her mother.
The teenager said in court that she was “forced” by the police to change her story and the judge said she was “afraid of my life.” She added, “I didn’t think I’d leave that police station without signing that statement.”
But Judge Papathanasiou ruled that the teenager lied as revenge, which she denies, because she was filmed while having sex without her knowledge and subsequent shame.
Protesters said the young British woman was “raped again by the justice system”
The judge said to the court: “The suspect has given the police a false rape claim, knowing fully that this was a lie.
“The accused’s guilt is proven. She confessed her fault. “
When the verdict was pronounced, campaigners for women’s rights protested outside the court of the Famagusta district in Paralimni.
They said the young girl was “raped again by the justice system.” The Cypriot police and judiciary’s handling of the case has led to widespread calls for an independent investigation amid fears that the Midlands teenager is the victim of a serious judicial error.
Lawyer Mike Polak, of Justice Abroad, a campaign group assisting the young woman, said it felt like the verdict was “before the trial began,” and added, “We’re appealing the decision to the Cypriot Supreme Court and to the European Court of Human Rights if we cannot get justice in Cyprus.
“I don’t think anyone present would say that this was a fair trial.”
Lawyer Nicoletta Charambidou said she thought there was sufficient evidence to prove that the woman had been raped and added: “We believe that there have been many violations of our client’s litigation and fair trial rights.”
When she left the court yesterday, the devastated student gave supporters a thumbs up, while she and her mother wore gags over their mouths, lips sewn together.
The masks were given to them by the demonstrators who sang: “We are with you. We know you. We believe you. “
Polak added: “Although the defense team is very disappointed, we are not surprised by the result, given the frequent refusal during the trial of the judge to consider evidence supporting the fact that the teenager had been raped.
“When closing questions from our Cypriot lawyers and producing evidence in the trial on a handful of occasions, the judge strictly stated” this is not a rape case – I will not consider whether it has been raped or not “.
“We have found it incredibly difficult to follow this logic, since an essential element of the crime is that there is a false statement about an imaginary crime, and therefore, if she was raped, the teenager clearly cannot be guilty.”
Zelia Gregoriou, an activist who was out of court yesterday, said: “This victim was never protected, initially. Initially, she was raped time and time again by the press, society and the justice system. “