'Multiple bruises found on a young British woman who alleged she was gang-raped on holiday in Cyprus leave 'no doubt' that she had suffered a violent assault, according to a pathologist.
The student, who faces up to a year in jail after being found guilty of lying, insists she was held down and raped by up to 12 Israeli youths at a budget hotel in Ayia Napa.
Some 35 bruises found across the 19-year-old's legs, arms and buttocks are said to be consistent with her having suffered a violent sexual assault. Marks were also found around her knees and eyes.
They were seen in a diagram, compiled by a pathologist who saw photographs of the injuries, in a Cypriot court as she was tried for public mischief.
However, the evidence was dismissed by the judge whose handling of the case before her conviction last week has come under fire in an escalating diplomatic row.
Bruises on the teenager's torso are missing because, inexplicably, police took no pictures of her without her shirt on.
The girl's mother says her daughter is suffering from PTSD caused by the months of her legal ordeal, while Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has voiced his 'serious concerns' over her treatment ahead of her sentencing on Tuesday.
Her psychologist, Dr Christine Tizzard, fears the teenager will be at a heightened risk of suicide if she is jailed this week, the Sunday Times reported.
Dr Tizzard added that the student is in urgent need of mental health care and is 'physically and mentally getting worse every day'.
'As with anyone who has got this level of PTSD, the high level of hyperarousal in the system makes them very unpredictable,' she said. 'It is a very significant concern'.
She added that the teenager, who she assessed for the defence over 10 Skype and phone calls, fulfilled 'all the criteria' of the condition, including experiencing nightmares and suicidal thoughts.
Pathologist Marios Matsakis, an expert witness for the woman's defence, told The Mail on Sunday: 'I have no doubts that violence was exercised on the body.' She added that the data from the diagram 'is related to rape'.'
Read more: Thirty-five bruises found on British teenager convicted of making up rape claims in Cyprus leave 'no doubt' the 19-year-old was telling the truth, pathologist claims, amid fears she will be a suicide risk if she is jailed
Did you like this article?
Thank you for your vote!
4 January 2020
British teenager's 'confession' over gang rape case WAS dictated by Cyprus police and uses 'phrases an English person wouldn't use', language expert finds
2 January 2020
A furious judge and a trial that was a shambles from the start: Conviction of British woman, 19, for making up 'gang rape' attack by group of Israeli men has shone a light on Cyprus's justice system, writes INDERDEEP BAINS
31 December 2019
Campaign to BOYCOTT Cyprus sweeps Twitter amid fury over British woman's conviction for 'lying' that she was gang-raped by 12 Israeli men
6 August 2019
U.K. Tourist in Cyprus Rape Case: I Was Forced to Retract Accusations Against Israelis
From our advertisers
Michael Bloomberg not only seeks to buy the presidency, but gags his own global 'news' organisation from investigating him
From our advertisers