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Pool rape suspect kept in solitary confinement
The attack happened at the Theresienbad swimming pool. Photo: Thomas Ledl/Wikimedia

Pool rape suspect kept in solitary confinement

The Local · 23 Feb 2016, 12:54

Published: 23 Feb 2016 12:54 GMT+01:00

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The attacker, identified only as 20-year-old Amir A., may not look like a dangerous criminal but he is being treated like one after being kept under tight security in Vienna's Josefstadt jail. The move is to protect him from other prisoners shocked at his alleged attack on a ten-year-old boy at the swimming pool in Vienna's Meidling district.

An insider told local media that he was hated for what he had done by other inmates and the word was out that he needed to be punished.

The victim's mother had earlier said she was hoping that he would be jailed in Austria because she heard what happened inside to child sex offenders and wanted him to suffer as her son had done.

The single mother, who arrived in Austria herself as an immigrant from Serbia during the Civil War that saw the breakup of former Yugoslavia, said she had always taught her five children to offer the same hospitality to new arrivals that she had herself received. That was advice that she now regretted.

The 43-year-old mum said: "My son cried himself to sleep every night after the attack and could not close his eyes without taking antidepressants. He tried not to let me see him crying, it broke my heart.

"I know that the physical wounds will heal, but the wounds to his soul may never heal. I don't want the man to be deported, I want him to be jailed because I have heard what they do to child sex attackers in jail. I want him to experience everything in jail that child sex attackers can experience from the other convicts. And then I want him deported."

The boy was sexually assaulted so badly that he needed to be hospitalised and his mother said that he now can only go to sleep with the aid of tablets.

The local Heute newspaper has raised several thousands of euros to pay for him to have a holiday and buy a bed that he always wanted.

His mother plans to take him on holiday together with his brothers and sisters to give him a change of scenery and to help him put the past behind him.

She said she had been telephoned by her son in floods of tears after the attack last December. When the man was arrested he told police it was a "sexual emergency" as he had not had sex in four months.

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Amir A. entered Austria through the Balkans on September 13th, official records show, and said he could not help himself as he had an "excess of sexual energy". His own wife and children, he said, were back in Iraq.

The cash raised by donations from Heute readers was handed over to the boy's mother this week who said that as well as a bed and a holiday with relatives in western Austria and in Switzerland, it would help pay for psychologists to treat her son.

Story courtesy of Central European News.

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