Derbyshire teenager found guilty of gang-rape lie launches appeal against conviction

A Derbyshire teenager found guilty of lying about a gang rape in Cyprus has launched an appeal against her conviction.

Friday, 17th January 2020, 12:18 pm
Updated Friday, 6th March 2020, 4:30 pm
A Derbyshire woman has launched an appeal against her conviction after she was found guilty of lying about a gang-rape in Ayia Napa, Cyprus

The teenager claimed she was raped by up to 12 Israeli tourists in a hotel room in the resort of Ayia Napa on July 17 last year but then was charged herself with ‘public mischief’ after signing a retraction statement 10 days later.

She received a suspended jail sentence but maintains she was raped and was forced to change her statement because of pressure from Cypriot police following hours of questioning and without legal representation.

Her legal team has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court of Cyprus.

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The woman, who claims she did not receive a fair trial, is now back in the UK

The young men and boys, aged between 15 and 20, who were arrested over the rape allegation have since returned home.