11:10 03.07.2013

Mykolayiv region's prosecutors request court to arrest third suspect in Vradiivka rape case

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The Prosecutor's Office of Mykolaiv region has prepared and submitted a request to the court to keep in custody policeman Yevhen Dryzhak, who was arrested on suspicion of raping a 29-year-old, Iryna Krashkova.

"The investigator prepared a petition to the court for the arrest of Dryzhak, based on the evidence given by the victim," the press service of the regional prosecutor's office told Interfax-Ukraine on Wednesday.

At the same time, the department added that they did not known when the court would consider the petition.

On June 26, three men pulled a 29-year-old woman into a car in the village of Vradiivka, took her to the forest near the village of Syrove, where they beat her up and raped her. The victim was hospitalized with open fractures of the skull, cut wounds to the head and face, multiple bruises and hematomas. She has had two surgeries, and her condition is regarded as serious.

The rape victim told the investigator that she was beaten and raped by two police officers - Lt. Dmytro Polischuk and Lt. Yevhen Dryzhak. A local taxi driver, Mykhailo Rabinenko, participated in the beating.

Polischuk and Rabinenko were detained on June 30. Dryzhaka, according to law enforcers, has an alibi - he supposedly was on duty at the police department at the time of the crime.

The fact that the second policeman was at large has triggered protests by local residents who demanded his immediate arrest. On July 1, they were storming the district police department demanding the police officers involved be prosecuted.

On July 2, Dryzhak was detained.