British rape victim slams Greek police for arresting her “innocent” father over the crime

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A British woman raped while on holiday in Crete has lashed out at Greek police after they charged her father with the crime.

The 33-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, accused Greek police of allowing her rapist to ‘roam free’ while wrongly charging her 62-year-old father with the crime.

Police say CCTV shows the elderly man making lewd gestures towards his daughter in a bar where they were both drinking at on the day of the crime. They allege the elderly man then hit her in the face, and  dragged her to a deserted beach where he raped her. The woman’s father was arrested on Saturday, and appeared in court yesterday.

But the victim, has now exclusively told MailOnline that her father was actually back in their hotel at the time of the attack, and that she is ‘100%’ convinced CCTV evidence and DNA samples collected from the pair will clear him.

‘I can tell you 100% that he did not rape me. I live with my dad in the UK, I was on holiday with him in Greece and he’s the best dad in the world.

‘There is no way he would do something so disgusting. I’ve told the Greek police this, but they are just ignoring me.

‘This is an incredibly stressful, traumatic situation but there is hope for us.

‘We’ve been told by the judge that if my dad’s DNA test clears him, then he will be free to go.’

The woman went to police on Thursday last week to report that she had been raped.

She admitted being drunk at the time, and police claimed she could not remember anything about her attacker except that he was wearing all-white clothes.

Despite CCTV footage gathered by police the woman claimed they  got it wrong – insisting she told them her father, and not the attacker, was wearing all-white.

She adds that, when all the CCTV evidence is finally gathered, ‘it will show he was back in the hotel when I was attacked.

‘I have given police a description of the attacker, but they haven’t done anything about finding him,’ she added.

‘As far as they are concerned, my dad is guilty and it’s up to him to prove his innocence. But I know that the DNA results will clear him.

‘I can’t wait for them to come because I just want to get back to the UK as quickly as possible.’

The man appeared in court in Crete’s capital of Heraklion on Tuesday where he pleaded not guilty to charges of rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence.

After reporting the attack to the police, medical examiners told local newspaper Neakriti that the woman was ‘covered’ in injures that were consistent with stones and branches found on the beach. 

They added that she also had injuries consistent with rape, and that DNA samples have been collected.

In her complaint to police, the woman claimed that an unknown man stopped and raped her in the early hours of last Thursday morning in a narrow street close to a bar where she had been drinking with her father earlier.