Somali refugee says killing alleged attacker was not her intent

The Somali refugee said that it was not her intention to kill the man who had tried to sexually assault her, revealing that she was just trying to defend herself.

AlTaghyeer: Agencies

Social media activists called for legal aid and psychological support for a Somali refugee who confessed to killing an Egyptian rickshaw driver who tried to sexually assault her in Cairo.

Human rights advocates called on the National Council for Women’s Rights in Egypt to intervene and provide psychological support and protection for the Somali female refugee.

A group of lawyers in Egypt had also announced their willingness to volunteer and provid legal defense for the Somali female.

The 15-year-old Somali girl surrendered herself to the Egyptian police, and confessed to killing a driver who she alleges had tried to sexually assault her in the Giza governorate, Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper reported.

Unintentional Death

The Somali girl came to the Sitta October police station accompanied by a lawyer affiliated with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Egypt.

She said that she did not intend to kill the victim, and that she had stopped the driver to take her to her residence, only to be surprised by him trying to sexually assault her while threatening her with a knife.

According to Al-Masry Al-Youm, the girl said, after surrendering herself to the Sitta October  Police Department, that she managed to wrestle the knife out of the attacker and stabbed him with it during his sexual assault attempt, then left his body where it was without knowing that he had died.

Imprisoned During Investigation

The girl was brought before the Public Prosecution and was detained for 4 days pending investigations.

The Public Prosecution then formally tasked the security services with investigating the incident.

The competent investigation authorities also ordered that the girl be brought to forensics in order to verify the authenticity of her account.

On examination, it was revealed that the body of the rickshaw driver had been dealt a deadly stab that went through lower left armpit.

The Public Prosecution had also ordered the body of the alleged sexual harasser be checked.

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