Beast of Kavos gets 52 years
Staff writer: December 2012
Beast of Kavos gets 52 years.
A Greek rapist who attacked at least seven British women on the holiday island of Corfu has been jailed for a total of 52 years. The 39-year-old man, Dimitris Aspiotis, known as the 'Beast of Kavos' will not be considered for parole until he is at least 91 years old. A court in Greece heard how the man preyed on women near the Corfu holiday resort of Kavos, a favourite for young clubbers on party holidays in Greece.
Three British victims gave evidence against him in a trial in Igoumenitsa, on the Greek mainland, near Corfu.
Police said Aspiotis would attack women on a woodland path after partying with them on the beach and repeatedly rape them. sometimes for hours.
One British woman, 27, broke down in tears as she told the court of her 'horrific' ordeal that lasted up to six hours.
She said: "He raped me a total of six times. He would tell me in broken English: 'I am not a bad man. If you do not resist it will be better.'"
Unemployed Aspiotis told the court that he lived in poverty with his parents, his brother and sister. He told magistrates that rape and robbery was the only solution to satisfying his basic needs.
Police surrounded the rapist in the sprawling Arkoudila forest in a major police operation in 2010. They mounted a six-day siege until, starving and thirsty, Aspiotis used a mobile phone to call a local TV reporter and was lured into a trap.
The Arkoudila forest is very popular with couples on holiday or individuals seeking isolated beaches on the Asprokampos coast. There is a single path through the forest often used by holiday hikers or visitors on mopeds or bicycles.
The rapist would sometimes lie in wait for passing victims and drag them into the forest. This is believed to be the longest sentence ever handed out in a Greek court for rape.