11:40 06.08.2013

Case against Vradiivka rapists changed to attempted murder

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The case against three people suspected of raping and severely beating a young woman in the village of Vradiivka has been changed to attempted murder.

The three suspects were handed a notification about this on August 5, Deputy Prosecutor of Mykolaiv region Dmytro Yefymenko said.

In particular, their actions were changed from Part 1 of Article 121 of the Criminal Code (causing grievous bodily harm) to Part 2 of Article 15, clauses 4, 6, 9, 12 of Part 2 of Article 115 of the Criminal Code. Now, they are suspected of an attempted murder committed with extreme cruelty with selfish motives in order to conceal another crime by prior agreement of the parties.

In addition, one of the suspects is charged with carrying out an assault, another two with rape, an assault, as well as committing a number of official crimes.

At present, the pre-trial investigation is underway.

As reported, on June 26, two police officers and a taxi driver are alleged to have pulled a 29-year-old woman into a car in the town of Vradiivka, Mykolaiv region, and taken her to a nearby forest, where they beat her up and raped her. The victim was hospitalized with fractures of the skull, cuts to the head and face, and multiple severe bruising

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

Polischuk and Rabinenko were detained on June 30.

The fact that the second policeman, Dryzhak, who supposedly had an alibi, had not been detained triggered protests by local residents who demanded his immediate arrest. On July 1, they stormed the district police department demanding that the police officers involved be prosecuted.

Dryzhaka was detained on July 2. On July 3, the court ruled that he be placed under two months detention as a pre-trial restriction measure.