Xanthi: Police captures rapist who set victim alight

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The monster who raped, abused and set a young woman on fire in Xanthi, confessed his hideous crime. The 27-year-old Greek was a neighbour to the parents’ home of the victim, a woman of 34 years old who was visiting her parents over Christmas holidays.

He was captured on Thursday evening, just hours after the crime, as police found a fingerprint of the rapist on one of the cars parked in the plot where the crime took place. The man had a criminal record due to a previous case of rape attempt, while he had served a prison sentence due to drugs and theft, Greek media report.

Apart from the fingerprint the man was identified also due to a security camera that ‘captured’ him following his victim and her friend while they were walking in the street in the early morning hours of Thursday. He apparently attacked the woman the moment she had put the keys in the entrance door and was about to enter the building.

The man reportedly confessed that he raped the woman and set her alight in order to cover his traces.

According to coroner’s report the victim was first violently hit on the head, then sexually abused,  poured with fuel and set alight. Her body was also bearing wounds caused by a sharp item.

When police went to arrest the man some 300 people attempted to lynch him.