Monegasque jailed for sex offences

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A Monegasque has been sent to jail for sexual offences against two young cousins. The 33-year-old man, married with three children, committed the offences against the children, aged 10 and 12 at the time, between 2013 and 2014. He was said to have touched the girls intimately and then cautioned them to remain silent on the matter.

Bearing in mind the seriousness of the offences and the defendant’s troubled family history, the court took three days to come to its conclusion. The prosecution had called for two years in jail, but the culprit was sentenced to 12 months behind bars. Since he has already been in jail for six months, he will be eligible for freedom in just a few months.

The family’s sexual past was raised in the court’s lengthy deliberations, including the fact that the accused had also been the victim of an indecent assault earlier in his life in the same family home in Liguria.

However, the defendant accepted the seriousness of his offences, the court was told. His defence lawyer argued that the accused would undergo psychiatrist treatment upon his release from prison and pointed to the uselessness of inflicting a heavy penalty.

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