Imprisonment 16 years and two months was imposed yesterday by the Larisa Joint Court of Appeal (MOE) on a 47-year-old who raped his two minor children.

In particular, the man was accused of sexually abusing his minor daughter from 2014 to 2020, while also attempting to abuse his younger daughter.

The torture of the two children in the hands of the father, their mother revealed to the police three years ago when she found her husband abusing the eldest daughter in their residence in a village of Trikala.

The mother testified during the first hearing on March 21, that in February 2020 she “caught” the husband with her daughter in the latter’s room. The fear for her husband was what prevented her, as she testified, from immediately reporting the incident to the police, but in September 2020 and after seeking help from a counseling center for abused women, she decided together with her daughter and son to report the incident to the authorities.

The 47-year-old from Larisa is accused of forcing his daughter, who was only 12 years old in 2014, in Larissa and Trikala from October 2014 to April 2020. “intercourse two to three times a week” and in “genital acts” while he tried to molest his youngest daughter in the car.

His daughter, now an adult, testified about her father’s heinous acts in a tense atmosphere at the second hearing on March 31, which took place behind closed doors. Finally, after the mother reported the incident, the man was arrested by police officers of the local Trikala Security Department and was sentenced at first instance in 2021 by the Mixed Jury Court of Karditsa to 18 years in prison.

In his apology yesterday the accused denied all charges and spoke of an “orchestrated plan” on the part of his wife. When asked by the president why they should do this to his detriment, the defendant replied that his wife’s “environment” did not want him and mentioned that their relations had been strained for many years due to some inheritance disputes.

It should be noted that during the first hearing, photographs from the family’s vacations were presented by the defense, while defense witnesses, relatives of the accused, testified about a normal family.

However, in his sentence, the district attorney focused on the “real image” of the family which, as he said, was not that of the summer vacation but that of “voices and incidents”.

The prosecutors reminded the audience yesterday of the statements of the woman and the defendant’s children who talked about violent behavior towards them, and he focused on the statements of the girls, especially the youngest, about the episode of abuse with her father in Larissa. In the end, the prosecutor proposed the defendant’s guilt, as in the first instance, stressing however that his proposal has several differences from the first instance court, especially in the issue concerning the timing of the act of rape since, as the court mentioned, it made the “mistake” to extends until 2020.

The court in turn plead guilty the defendant and imposed, rejecting the mitigating circumstances, a total prison sentence of 16 years and two months for the acts of rape from 2014 to 2016, seduction, sexual intercourse between relatives and attempted sexual intercourse with a minor.