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Police Custody of Rape Suspect Confirmed

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Police Custody of Rape Suspect Confirmed

Supreme Court of Iceland

The building that houses the Supreme Court of Iceland. Photo: Páll Kjartansson.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Iceland confirmed four-week police custody of a man, suspected of having raped two women and groped the third, following an annual celebration at a hotel in South Iceland two weekends ago, RÚV reports.

The two women, whom the man is suspected of having raped, were both asleep when he assaulted them and very upset when police arrived at the scene. The man denied all charges when interrogated by police.

According to a report, the man’s boss claimed to have specifically warned him before the celebration not to consume too much alcohol. He had noticed earlier that the man “occasionally lost control of his urges when under the influence of alcohol.”

The third woman filed charges against the man two days after the celebration for groping her in her room. His presence in the room was confirmed by a witness.

The South Iceland police chief calls the suspect’s testimony in all three cases very untrustworthy. He appears to have chosen the rooms randomly and violated against defenseless women. The police chief considers the man a threat to the community and believes he must, therefore, be placed in police custody.

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