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Man stands trial accused of raping a British teenager in Fuengirola

The prosecutor is demanding a 14-year prison sentence for the defendant and for him to be deported from Spain after serving it

ÁLVARO FRÍAS / JUAN CANO

A man is facing a court in Malaga accused of raping a 15-year-old British girl in Fuengirola.

The Public Prosecutor's Office is demanding a 14-year prison sentence for the 36-year-old Senegalese man and for him to be deported, if found guilty of sexually assaulting the teenager in an alleyway in the Costa del Sol town on the morning of 1 January, 2020.

According to prosecutor the girl did not have the strength to call for help after the alleged attack, and has subsequently suffered from post-traumatic stress symptoms.

After the rape was reported, the girl told investigators of a previous episode involving the man in August 2019 on the night she was celebrating her birthday. The man allegedly approached her offering cocaine and, after she refused to accept it, grabbed her arm with the intention of dragging her away. However, this was prevented by the girl's friends who were with her at the birthday celebration.

Deported and banned from Spain

Faced with this evidence, the Public Prosecutor is demanding, if the man is found guilty, a 14 year prison sentence, in addition to another eight years of probation and 20 years during which he cannot approach or communicate with the victim.

Likewise, the prosecutor asks that, when the man is granted probation, the execution of the sentence should be replaced by his deportation from the country and be banned from entering Spain for ten years from that date. Finally, the prosecutor is seeking compensation of 15,000 euros for the psychological damage caused by the accused to the victim.