Rape suspect arrested after bumping into victim

A man accused of brutally raping a transwoman at knife-point in northern Italy has been arrested after his victim bumped into him weeks later.

Rape suspect arrested after bumping into victim
The alleged attacker has now been arrested. Police car photo: Shutterstock

The suspect, a 33-year-old man from Ghana, allegedly threatened the victim, a 45-year-old transwoman, with a knife on July 19th, Corriere della Sera reported.

He then reportedly forced her down a dark alleyway in the Ospizio neighbourhood of the northern city of Reggio Emilia where he beat her, pushed her to the ground, and raped her. Every time the victim cried out he punched her in the face.

After raping her he then took her mobile phone, rings and handbag and disappeared.

The victim managed to reach a bar where she alerted police. She was then treated at the Santa Maria Nuova hospital.

Around twenty days later, the woman bumped into her aggressor and contacted police.

The man was then arrested. He is accused of aggravated robbery, sexual abuse and grevious bodily harm.


Italy’s president calls for ‘full truth’ on anniversary of Bologna bombing

President Sergio Mattarella said on Tuesday it was the state's duty to shed more light on the 1980 bombing of Bologna's train station, on the 42nd anniversary of the attack that killed 85 people and injured 200.

Italy's president calls for 'full truth' on anniversary of Bologna bombing

On August 2nd 1980, a bomb exploded in the railway station’s waiting room, causing devastation on an unprecedented scale.

Five members of terrorist groups were later convicted in relation to the bombing, the worst episode in Italy’s ‘Years of Lead’ period of political violence in the 1970s and 80s.

Most recently, in 2020, a former member of the far-right Armed Revolutionary Nucleus (NAR) was sentenced to life imprisonment for providing logistical support to those who carried out the attack.

But suspicions remain of cover-ups and the involvement of “deviant elements” within the nation’s security services, reported Italian news agency Ansa.

READ ALSO: Bologna massacre: 40 years on, questions remain over Italy’s deadliest postwar terror attack

“The bomb that killed people who happened to be at the station on that morning 42 years ago still reverberates with violence in the depths of the country’s conscience,” Mattarella said in a speech marking the anniversary on Tuesday.

“It was the act of cowardly men of unequalled inhumanity, one of the most terrible of the history of the Italian Republic.

A train compartment at Bologna station pictured following the 1980 bombing attributed to the neo-fascist terrorist organization Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari.

“It was a terrorist attack that sought to destabilise democratic institutions and sow fear, hitting ordinary citizens going about their everyday tasks.

“On the day of the anniversary our thoughts go, above all, to the relatives forced to suffer the greatest pain.

“The neo-fascist nature of the massacre has been established in court and further steps have been made to unveil the cover-ups and those who ordered the attack in order to comply with the Republic’s duty to seek the full truth”.

The bombing remains Western Europe’s fourth deadliest postwar terror attack, and one of the most devastating in Italy’s history.