Remand in sex abuse case

THE NICOSIA District Court remanded in custody a 44-year-old man from Nicosia on Sunday, in connection with charges of alleged sexual exploitation and indecent assault of his 12-year-old stepdaughter.
The man was arrested on Friday after the 12-year-old reportedly told her grandmother that the stepfather had been sexually abusing her since the age of nine. When the mother was told, she asked her daughter if this was true. The daughter broke down in tears, saying she had been threatened not to say anything.
According to yesterday’s Politis, the mother immediately went to Nicosia CID to file a charge against her husband. The next day, police had gathered enough evidence to have an arrest warrant issued for him. The 12-year-old recorded her statement to the police.
On Sunday, behind closed doors, the Nicosia court issued a six-day remand against the 44-year-old stepfather.
Meanwhile, police are also investigating another case of alleged sexual abuse, after the father of a four-year-old girl contacted police to say his daughter told him that his ex-wife’s brother – the toddler’s uncle – was sexually abusing their child.