Row over release of high-risk serial rapist

19th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

19 September 2007, MADRID - DPA - A row has broken out over the imminent release of a serial rapist who was estimated at high risk of offending again.

19 September 2007

MADRID - DPA - A row has broken out over the imminent release of a serial rapist who was estimated at high risk of offending again.

The man known as "the rapist of Vall d'Hebron," named after the Barcelona neighbourhood where he spread fear among women in the early 1990s, was due to released at the weekend.

The man was sentenced to 113 years in jail for 15 proven cases of rape, but Spanish law only allowed him to serve a maximum of 20 years.

Psychologists said the rapist had not been rehabilitated, and he himself admitted as much.

The man was first sentenced for a sexual crime in 1987, released three years later, and started attacking women 10 days later.

Prosecutors failed to get the man's jail term extended to protect public security. Maria Jose Varela, a lawyer representing victims of sexual crimes, called for a legal reform. dpa st sc

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Subject: Spanish news

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