Justice serves in Swedish trans rape case

Rapist of trans woman convicted in appeals court

Justice serves in Swedish trans rape case
17 October 2012

A 61-year-old man who was acquitted of a violent rape in Sweden because the victim is a transgender woman has been convicted at appeal.

The Göta Court of Appeal convicted the man of attempted rape and sentenced him to 15 months in prison and ordered him to pay 40,000 kronor ($6,000, €4,630) compensation.

‘This ruling shows that you can be convicted for attempted rape regardless of the gender identity of the victim,’ prosecutor Eva Grandestedt told Sveriges Television, The Local reports.

In July Judge Dan Sjöstedt acquitted the defendant saying he ‘would never have been able to carry out the planned criminal activity as he was attempting to rape a woman’.

Göta Court of Appeal in Jönköping ruled that as the victim ‘looked and dressed completely like a woman’ the attempted rape is ‘worth taking seriously’. 

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