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Woman, 76, raped 'for telling youths to be quiet'

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Woman, 76, raped 'for telling youths to be quiet'
A 76-year-old woman was brutally raped in retaliation for telling some men to quiet down. Photo: AFP
15:31 CEST+02:00
After a 76-year-old woman told a group of young men to quiet down outside her apartment building near Paris, they retaliated by brutally raping her and then looting her home, according to reports in France.

Police have arrested one suspect and are looking for three others in connection with the horrific rape of an elderly woman who was targeted for doing nothing more than telling the group make less noise, Le Parisien newspaper reported.

The suspects burst into the woman's apartment in the Parisian suburb of Ivry-sur-Seine on August 7th just after her partner had left to go to work for the day. All four wore masks over their faces and it's alleged that while three of the intruders pillaged her house, one of them then raped the 76-year-old. 

Residents in the neighbourhood have been left shocked and sickened.

“It’s appalling,” one unnamed local told Le Parisien. “Since that day her shutters are closed. Can you imagine? On top of it I’m sure I’ve already crossed paths with her attackers. It’s some youths from around here.”

Police officers quickly identified the alleged rapist and it soon emerged why the man had decided to target the retired victim.

In recent months the atmosphere in her apartment building had degenerated. One unnamed resident told French daily Le Parisien, that “a group of unemployed young men would meet up there. They were often noisy and intoxicated.”

It became so bad that some areas became “no-go zones” leading one resident to say: “I have lived here for 23 years and I have never seen anything like this.”

In this context the group had begun hanging out below the window of the 76-year-old woman’s apartment and she had apparently asked them to quiet down. Witnesses told the French newspaper the young men then reportedly responded with “anti-white” insults, threats and promises to retaliate.

And then in August they came to get their revenge through an open first-storey window.

Police arrested the alleged rapist last week in the Parisian suburb of Kremlin-Bicetre, but are still looking for his three other accomplices.

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