Today Orane has talked about a 13-year-old girl young girl who was raped in Sweden but whose raper a 27- year -old man was acquitted because the Judges at the Svea Court of Appeal ruled the the teenage girl looked older than her real age because she was 'well-developed' !
The victim said she met her alleged attacker, who has not been named, in a park near Stockholm after she ran away from her foster home last year.
The girl had no money, no mobile phone or place to stay when she got talking to the 27-year-old man and he invited her to his house nearby “for a drink”.When arrested, the defendant initially denied that the girl had visited his home but later admitted they had sex.
He was charged with statutory rape, which applies to any adult having sex with children under the age of 15 in Swedish law.
But both Västmanland District Court and the Svea Court of Appeal have now thrown out the charges because the legislation also states that a defendant must “know” or have “reasonable grounds to believe” that the child is under age.
After viewing video evidence including the teenager’s police interviews, judges in both cases decided that she had a “well-developed body” and carried herself in a way that did not reflect her age.
The suspect could therefore not have known that she was under the legal age and was innocent, they ruled.Göran Landerdahl, the girl’s lawyer, told the Swedish TT news agency that he planned to take the case to Sweden’s Supreme Court and hoped to set a precedent for future similar claims.
Hence Orane's question : Do you think it's normal that the man should have been acquitted ?