Erroneous wording leads to rapist’s acquittal

Presecutors have decided not to appeal against the court’s decision

An 19-year-old man accused of raping a 14-year-old girl was acquitted yesterday due to a poorly worded charge sheet.

The court in Næstved decided not to convict because the prosecution failed to record that the man had threatened the woman with violence or bodily harm.

Unsatisfactory and regrettable
Though the charge sheet submitted by the prosecution noted that the girl in question was intoxicated and therefore unable to resist, it failed to allege that the man had forced sexual intercourse by threatening violence.

Prosecutors do not believe that taking the case forward to the high court will result in a different outcome and haven’t appealed against the decision.

“It is very unsatisfactory for all parties that the matter cannot be assessed again. It is regrettable,” said the presiding attorney general, Lise-Lotte Nilas.