Two Algerian immigrants living illegally in France have been indicted for the rape of an 83-year-old disabled woman at her home in the Parisian suburb of La Courneuve earlier this month.
The two males have been named as 29-year-old Aness B. and 38-year-old Benaouda D., both of whom are Algerian nationals who had been issued with a demand to leave French territory (OQTF) in September 2022 and February this year, respectively.
The alleged attack on their elderly victim took place shortly after 5:30 p.m. on May 3.
CNews reported how the victim lives in an outbuilding of a main house that is owned by her family but is not currently occupied. It is regularly the target of migrant squatters.
Two days before the attack, several squatters were evicted from the premises, including the two suspects.
According to Le Parisien, the two suspects returned to the property and broke into the victim’s home. They demanded that the elderly woman perform oral sex on them, which she refused. A police source told the newspaper her attackers then proceeded to rape her, one after the other, before fleeing with €50 in cash from her home.
The traumatized victim was found hours later by a caregiver. She was hospitalized with multiple facial injuries, and medical examinations revealed vaginal injuries consistent with rape. She was incapacitated for 10 days after the attack.
Several local residents expressed their horror at the attack, revealing that burglaries and squatting attempts by migrants were commonplace, but the violent sexual assault had shaken the neighborhood.
“Burglaries exist, they have always existed, but then to rape an 83-year-old disabled lady. Frankly, I would never have imagined that,” said one local resident to CNEWS.
“We live in a crazy world. It’s unfortunate, but nothing surprises me now. It’s unbelievable what is happening,” added another.
Following their arrests, Aness B., who was already the subject of a deportation order dated Sept. 26, 2022, was released due to DNA evidence. He is still expected to leave France; however, it is not known if the authorities are facilitating deportation or, like many others, he is expected to leave voluntarily.
The second suspect, Benaouda D., remains remanded in custody for rape. He had only been released from prison in September last year and had been subject to a deportation order since Feb. 22, 2023. He is known to police for a history of theft and damage to property.