Eight youths are jailed for gang-rape after schoolgirl victim, 13, tracks them down on Facebook in Germany
- Girl, 13, attacked after spending day at public swimming pool in west Germany
- Teenager was ambushed on forest path by eight boys who took turns raping her
- She later managed to find attackers on Facebook after recognising one of them
- Police found footage of the girl’s horrifying ordeal on a suspect’s mobile phone
Eight youths have been jailed for gang-rape in Germany after their 13-year-old victim tracked them down on Facebook.
The teenager was attacked after spending a day with friends at a swimming pool in Velbert, a town in the Western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
She was ambushed while walking home along a forest path before being dragged into the bushes where the youths – Bulgarian nationals – filmed as they took turns raping her.
Eight youths have been jailed for gang-rape in Germany after their 13-year-old victim tracked them down on Facebook
The teenager was attacked after spending a day with friends at a swimming pool (pictured) in Velbert, a town in the Western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia
A family friend who went searching for the girl when she did not arrive home stumbled across the horrific scene and the schoolboys fled.
The brave victim later found the perpetrators on Facebook after recognising one of them. She gave police the boy’s picture and the suspect was arrested in town later that day.
Police found footage of the rape on his phone and could easily identify the other seven perpetrators.
Six of the schoolboys, aged between 14 and 17, were found guilty in October last year despite claiming that the 13-year-old victim consented.
The main suspect, aged 15, was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison after the court proved he raped the girl twice.
Six of the schoolboys, aged between 14 and 17, were found guilty in October last year despite claiming that the 13-year-old victim consented
Another schoolboy was handed four years in a juvenile detention centre for also raping the girl twice.
Two others were sentenced to two years and 20 months in a youth prison, while two walked free after receiving suspended sentences.
One 15-year-old boy was sentenced to two years and nine months in a youth prison, while another 15-year-old only received a 15-month suspended sentence for aiding the others.
This week, the seventh and eighth schoolboys were found guilty by a court in Wuppertal after they fled to their native Bulgaria to escape punishment but were picked up and extradited back to Germany.
Prosecutors used the self-incriminating footage to prove their guilt.