Two Romanians imprisoned for raping a British girl have condemned their sentences
Two Romanians imprisoned for the gang rape of a British girl sentenced their punishments after being transferred to their home country – where one was a known rapist before entering the UK
- Beniamin-Ovidiu Ban, 33, and Cosmin Vintan, 30, convicted of two rapes
- Phrases were initially 14 years and 16 years but have now been reduced to 12
- Vintan was previously imprisoned for another rape in Romania and released early
Two Romanians who were imprisoned for raping a British teenager have lowered their sentences and are sent back to their home country.
Beniamin-Ovidiu Ban, 33, and Cosmin Vintan, 30, were both convicted of two counts of rape for the frightening attack on a 16-year-old girl where one of them even threatened to kill her if she didn't stop screaming.
Vintan was previously imprisoned for another rape in Romania and was released three years early.
Ban was imprisoned for 14 years and Vintan 16 years in a trial at Northampton Crown Court in May 2017 after they attacked the teenager on Sunday morning at about 4 o'clock in the morning.
Beniamin-Ovidiu Ban, 33, and Cosmin Vintan, 30 (photo), were both convicted of two counts of rape for the terrifying attack on a 16-year-old girl in which one of them even threatened to kill her if she didn't stop. shout
They approached her while after a night out, she met her boyfriend, dragged her to an alley, and attacked her.
They served their sentence in a British prison, but British officials asked for their return to Romania to serve the rest.
Ban agreed, but Vintan refused to go, and British officials then had to issue an expulsion order to move them to Romania.
The Alba Iulia Court of Appeal in Romania confirmed that following the attack on 24 April 2016, British officials issued an expulsion order against Vintan, in which they pursued a 16-year-old girl in a dark and narrow alley by practicing violence and death threats to have sex and oral sex & # 39 ;.
Now Romanian officials have investigated the case and are ready to approve the transfer of the couple, but added that the punishment for both will be reduced to 12 years.
This is because convictions of more than 12 years for rape are not possible under Romanian law.
Ban (photo) was imprisoned for 14 years and Vintan 16 in a trial at Northampton Crown Court in May 2017 after they attacked the teenager at about 4 o'clock on a Sunday morning
In announcing its verdict, the court said that the reduction of the sentence was justified by the fact that the British sentence is neither in nature nor in duration similar to a sentence that could have been applied to the convicted person if she had been Romanian trial was court for this crime. & # 39;
During the hearings, it was revealed that Vintan had previously been convicted of another rape by the Hunedoara District Court and sentenced to 8 years in prison, meaning that he was released not before 1 August 2016, but for unknown reasons he was released in July 2013, with 1,074 days to go, he then left for the UK where he was eventually convicted of raping the British girl.
However, the British court does not seem to take into account the fact that the other defendant, Beniamin-Ovidiu Ban, who has been imprisoned for 14 years, was also convicted in Romania of an unspecified crime and therefore a & # 39; repeat offender & # 39; used to be.
He had been sentenced to a two-year prison sentence by the Caransebes court in June 2013 for four years, which meant that UK crime should have considered the earlier sentence.
They approached her while meeting her boyfriend after a night out with friends, dragging her into an alley on Bridge Street in Northampton (photo) and attacking her
However, the Romanian official said that the failure of the British court to take account of the man's repeat offense could no longer be remedied during the transfer process, since it should have been addressed during the original sentence.
At the time of the sentence, Detective Constable Kirsty Bathe of the Northamptonshire police said: & Two dangerous and violent men who deliberately attacked a vulnerable woman have received sentences that reflect the seriousness of their crime.
& # 39; The victim has shown tremendous courage and strength to stand up against her perpetrators, not only to ensure that they are placed behind bars, but also to prevent them from attacking other vulnerable women.
& # 39; I hope the punishments offer some closure to the victim, but it also demonstrates to the Northamptonshire public that we remain determined to make Northampton a safe place to be. & # 39;
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