The trial of Syrian asylum seeker Bilal A., who is accused of raping a 12-year-old girl as well as a 33-year-ld Ukrainian refugee, is underway at the Erfurt Regional Court. The number of crimes he is being tried for is resulting in headlines in Germany, including questions about whether he is the “worst Syrian criminal” in the entire country.
The prosecution accuses the 19-year-old of several dozen crimes, including aggravated child sexual rape, robbery, assault and kidnapping, according to Germany’s Bild newspaper.
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The migrant arrived in Germany just two years ago, but since then, he has wracked up an enormous criminal record, including the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl. In court, he said regarding the allegation: “The sex was consensual. She said she wanted children from me. I swear I didn’t hurt anyone.”
However, the judge shot back at the migrant, saying that the girl was “clearly a child” and looked like one due to her physical appearance.
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“If what you say is true, then two women who do not know each other would have made false statements to the police completely independently of each other. Why should they invent all this?” asked the judge.
Bilal A. reportedly met his victim while consuming alcohol and drugs. From October to December last year, he is said to have locked the girl in her mother’s apartment for hours on several occasions, while he threatened her, beat her, kicked her, and utilized a jackknife to enforce his threats.
However, the little girl is not the only one raped by the migrant, according to prosecutors. He allegedly raped, strangled, and robbed a Ukrainian woman in a refugee accommodation in June 2022. He also reportedly threatened to “gouge out her eyes.”
When arrested by police, he spat on them and told them he would “f**k their mothers.”
Despite the long list of crimes, the perpetrator is facing only five years of prison if convicted, and his sentence could be reduced in a variety of ways. A verdict in the case is expected in November.