Female rapist loses appealFemale rapist loses appeal
A Norwegian jury Tuesday upheld a lower court's conviction of a young woman found guilty of raping a male acquaintance. The 24-year-old woman was earlier sentenced to nine months in prison for raping the man after a night on the town in January 2004. She appealed the decision, and said when her trial began Monday that she was appalled by how the case had swelled, in her opinion, way out of proportion. On Tuesday, a 10-member jury in a Bergen appeals court had a different opinion. They took seriously her male victim's complaint that she had performed oral sex on him without his consent, while he was asleep, and ruled in his favour. The woman consistently denied guilt, and had claimed that the sexual contact between her and the now-32-year-old man was consensual. Prosecutor Jarle Golten Smørdal characterized her testimony, along with that of her boyfriend's, as lacking credibility. She initially had denied having had any sexual contact with the 32-year-old, but changed her story when confronted with DNA evidence during a police inquiry. There was no immediate word on the length of sentence the female defendant now faces.