Dutch peadophile fined in Gambia

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A Dutch paedophile has been fined in Gambia. Andre van Roy was found guilty of raping two girls under the age of 18 between 2010 and 2011.

At the Special Criminal Court in Banjul in the west coast region, the man denied six counts of indecent exposure and rape. The court found witness accounts and medical evidence conclusive, but dismissed two counts of committing an indecent act under the Tourist Act as frivolous, saying the man was not a tourist as he was a former resident in the country.

According to the victims, the man seduced them by exposing himself and promising them bicycles and mobile phones when he travelled to the Netherlands. The defence requested leniency in the case as the man was a first time offender and had a medical problem. As a result, Mr Van Roy not given a custodial sentence. Instead he was fined 100,000 Gambian Dalasi, the equivalent of 2,600 euros and ordered to pay the victims the same amount. If he defaults on the payments he could face ten years in prison.


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