A 25-year-old Senegalese national was arrested in France last month for alleged multiple rapes of an elderly woman who had invited him in off the streets to warm up in her home.
The suspect was arrested and placed in police custody on Feb. 19 after a torrent of sexual abuse against his victim, a 64-year-old woman, which lasted for at least a few days.
It is understood the victim had met the man who appeared to be homeless on the street in Marseille, and had invited him into her home located in the 5th arrondissement of the city to recover from the cold weather.
A source close to the case told French news outlet Actu17 how “the man took the opportunity to take up residence in the apartment.” He began to live in the apartment against the wishes of the owner and would allegedly rape his elderly host each night.
It is unknown how long the Senegalese national resided in the apartment, but insiders told local media the victim had become frightened and “no longer knew how to get out of this bad move and put an end to her ordeal.”
It was only when a community nurse came to the apartment and was surprised to see the man living at the premises that the alarm was rung and the victim’s relatives were informed.
The elderly woman was escorted to the central police station in Marseille by her daughter to inform the police, who subsequently visited the apartment and arrested the suspect.
The victim was taken to the hospital for examination.
Further investigation into the suspect revealed he has been living in France illegally, although the Marseille prosecutor’s office refused to offer any further comment on the case at this stage.