A man charged with raping his daughter has been granted €3,000 in damages by the constitutional court because of a prolonged delay in his case.
The man had been charged with rape back in January 2011 and was denied bail until September 2013, when Attorney General Peter Grech formally indicted him. Although the prosecution had presented all its evidence by April 2012, the AG asked the court for more time to issue a Bill of Indictment , which is ended up filing over a year later.
As part of his case, the accused noted that he had been interrogated without a lawyer present, as used to be common practice. He said he denied raping his daughter but was told by his interrogator that his daughter would be arrested for lying if he didn’t come clean. He also warned that his health had deteriorated in prison as he wasn’t given the necessary medication and that his family relationships had also taken a blow.
Judge Mark Chetcuti dismissed all of the man’s arguments except one, that the Attorney General had taken two years to indict him. He therefore ordered AG Grech to award the alleged rapist €3,000 in compensation, a fine the AG has already pledged to appeal.