03/02/2020 - UK Expert News: Cyprus rape row teen 'may have been Drugged', says Expert Witness

Dr Marios Matsakis, a forensic pathologist, attacked the inquiry into the Cyprus 'gang rape' case, saying the British teenager could have been drugged and accused the judge of being a woman hater.

The teenager at the centre of counter accusations of making up a 'rape story' against 12 Israeli youths could have been drugged before the alleged attack says expert Dr Matsakis. He said lines of inquiries were not properly investigated. Dr Matsakis added the failure to properly examine evidence against 12 Israeli youths at the centre of the allegations made him “ashamed as a Cypriot”.

In evidence, the anonymous 19 year old said one of the youths then knelt on her shoulders to pin her down during the alleged gang rape in a hotel in Ayia Napa in July.

She claimed police forced her to withdraw her statement. She was then found guilty of lying about being gang raped.

Dr Matsakis, who gave evidence in court, said the “miscarriage of justice” was partly due to the judge Michalis Papathanasiou “excluding rape right from the start”.

He added the “aggressive” judge was “shouting at the girl... my impression is he hates women”.

Michael Polak, from campaign group Justice Abroad, said toxicology checks on the teenager were botched as they wrongly suggested she had taken cocaine. He said: “It is possible they tested the wrong sample, or she had been given something without her knowing.

The teenager has been handed a four-month suspended jail sentence after being found guilty of lying about being gang-raped in a Cyprus resort town last summer.

During sentencing, Judge Michalis Papathanasiou told the court: "All the evidence shows that she had lied and prevented the police from doing other serious jobs."

The judge added that the woman's "psychological state, her youth, that she has been away from her family, her friends and academic studies this year" had led him to "give her a second chance," and suspend the sentence for three years.

The neenager will now appeal to the higher court in Cyprus. Her lawyers claim she was suffering from PTSD and she had no legal representation at the time.