Police Refuse To Release Name of Convicted Paedophile
The police never give out the names of convicted sexual offenders, even if they have committed a serious crime such as raping two girls under the age of 10, said a police spokesman speaking to CyprusNewsReport.com.
It is notoriously difficult to get information about convicted paedophiles because in many cases the trial is behind closed doors and the district courts do not have spokesmen or women to give clear and transparent information to the press about such serious crimes.
In the recent case of a 44-year-old paedophile in Nicosia who viciously raped two girls aged six and eight, although he was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison, he will remain anonymous as far as the press is concerned.
This raises serious questions. Naming and shaming paedophiles serves a practical purpose; once they get out of jail, their neighbors know their names and can protect their children from going over to their house as happened to those two little girls. This anonymous rapist tempted them over to his house with puppies, and then ruined their lives. Do the police and courts think that protecting this person's privacy serves society?
At the very least, there has to be a registrar of sexual offenders on the police's website - people with young children need to know.
Protect the names of his victims, not his name.
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