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Justice for Eleni Topaloudi: Appeals court upholds life sentence plus 15 years for defendants

The Mix Jury of a Court of Appeal in Athens on Friday upheld the convictions for two men over the heinous crime of the rape and murder of 21-year-old university student Eleni Topaloudi on the island of Rhodes in 2018.

In May 2020, a First Instance Court unanimously found the two defendants, Greek man from Rhodes and an Albanian national, now aged 24 and 22 respectively, guilty of the two crimes and sentenced them both to life imprisonment for the murder and an additional 15 years each for the rape.
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The body of Eleni Topaloudi was found in the sea by the Coast Guard on November 28.

The court heard again how the two men lured Topaloudi to one of their homes, where they raped and beat her before throwing the abused body of severely injured and dying young woman off a 10-meter cliff into the sea and left her to die.

The Mix Jury in both courts rejected any “mitigating circumstances” and ruled that they committed the rape and the premeditated murder in a state of calmness.

Eleni’s father, Giannnis Topaloudis, burst into tears when he heard the verdict on Friday, while the audience shouted “Bravo.”

There was reportedly short tension and strong reactions by the victim’s family when the lawyer of the defendant from Rhodes described the crime as “not a heinous” one. The parents loudly cursed and the presiding judge had them shortly remove from the court room, Skai TV reported.

The Appeal trial was postponed several times with the defendants to have replaced lawyers in last minute.
In an earlier interview with state broadcaster ERT, Eleni’s mother Koula Armoutidou said “it is painful to experience to listen about the torture that your child has suffered every time in court. It is a painful, a soul-destroying process to hear how Eleni was tortured who experienced all kinds of physical and verbal violence.”
Present at the court were members of women’s organizations. They all demanded no tolerance whatsoever for femicide and that life sentences are served to the end and not up to 20 years only.
Eleni’s parents reaction
The victim’s parents said after the verdict that they have justice for the brutal loss of their daughter Eleni.
Speaking to reporters, mother Koula, stressed, however, that life imprisonment must be fully served for heinous crimes and demanded changes in the Penal Code.

“Partly, I feel justified, and partly, I don’t. They will sit for 20 years and come out. Changes in the Penal Code here and now. I will very much ask the Prime Minister to listen to us, the mothers of the murdered children. It can’t be that only the murderers have rights,” she underlined.

Father Giannis thanked by name each one of the regular members of the Court and the jurors for the decision they made, exhausting the possibility provided by law.

“The justification is momentary. It was the highest sentence that could be imposed. Such heinous crimes should be condemned at every court instance the defendants seek,” he said.

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One comment

  1. They will be free in their early 40s when life should mean life.

    This is a rare case where dangerous animals in the shape of human form deserve to be removed from society swiftly for such a heinous crime. In cases like this there should be a quick and humane way to dispose of their existence and any reminder of them.

    Rape and sadistic murder like this deserves the death penalty, not prison time. The poor beautiful little girl did not stand a chance against these brutal monsters. May they too experience the same physical violence in jail that they inflicted on their victim. These deranged and perverted animals do not deserve to ever walk free again – shoot them or hang them but don’t just jail them.