Outcry in British Media After Greek Rapist’s Early Release from Prison

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British media have expressed anger over the early release from prison of a Corfu man who was sentenced to 52 years for raping a total of six British women.

Dimitris Aspiotis, dubbed “The Beast of Kavos,” was arrested for raping six women in 2010 and was sentenced in 2012. He was released in July, 2019 after a new bill signed by the previous Greek government called for the reduction of prison sentences for many inmates across Greece.

The convicted rapist, who served a total of nine years for his crimes, is now completely free. An article in the British newspaper The Sun this past weekend stated that “The Beast of Kavos” has now been released — 43 years too early.

Aspiotis was recently seen and photographed in a bar, despite being sentenced to 52 years in prison in 2012. His sentence was believed to be the longest ever imposed in Greece for rape cases.

However, according to the British newspaper, instead of duly serving his time behind bars for his crimes, Aspiotis was quietly released after serving only nine years in prison.

Aspiotis, a known cocaine addict, was convicted of dragging at least six British women into the woods and raping them at knifepoint, then robbing them. The crimes took place at the vacation resort of Kavos on the island of Corfu, which is popular among young people.

According to reports, after serving less than nine years, Aspiotis was released “under restrictions,” namely, that he must report to police on the first day of each month, and he is forbidden from leaving the island of Corfu.

Local people had dubbed Aspiotis “Jimmy the Rapist” since he was jailed in 2007 for the rape of three British women between 1997 and 2005. Nevertheless, he continued to attack women after his release from prison in 2010 for good conduct.

In an interview with the Sunday Express after his second release, Aspiotis, now 47, said that he has met a woman and only thinks of her now. He also stated that his mind is now clear and that he has stopped taking hard drugs.

The Sunday Express quoted British women who work on the island as saying that they are fearful, and afraid that Aspiotis may attack again.