A 36-year-old rapist from the canton of Zurich receives 100,000 francs in compensation from the state. Because of an incorrect report, the mentally disturbed man was treated incorrectly for years.
The man is undisputedly a rapist. In 2010, when the Swiss was 24 years old, the Zurich district court sentenced him to four years in prison and sent him to a facility for young adults.
Rapist is fully acquitted
When autumn came before the Zurich High Court in 2011, it reduced his sentence to three years, but he remained in the young adult facility. After four years he was conditionally eliminated – and suffered a relapse, i.e. he became a sex offender again and was arrested. He was then held in custody for several months.
The High Court has now retrospectively overturned these convictions from 2010 and 2011 and fully acquitted the man, according to the recently published verdict.
The triggers were two new reports that attested to a mental disorder, specifically hebephrenic schizophrenia, a sub-form of schizophrenia. The behavior of the patient is often irresponsible and unpredictable, and there is hardly any self-criticism.
The perpetrator is said to be mentally incapacitated
According to this report, he started the sexual offenses because of his illness, so he is not responsible. The High Court described an old initial report on his mental state as incorrect and lacking in detail.
According to the Supreme Court, the man should have been placed in an inpatient measure with therapy long ago. His mental disorder was not treated in either the young adult facility or in custody.
As compensation for four years in the “inadequate” measure for young adults and the months in custody, the Supreme Court is now awarding him compensation of 100,000 francs. In 2015 he finally ended up in an inpatient measure for four years, where his disorder was treated. He now lives in an assisted living facility in the Zurich region. (SDA/chs)