Kidnapper Who Raped Girlfriend Has Sentence Slashed As Court Says He Was Exasperated She Cheated

A man who kidnapped, raped and beat his girlfriend has had his jail term slashed after a court in Italy ruled he was frustrated that she cheated on him.

The 63-year-old kidnapped the woman and kept her in a caravan, subjecting her to a savage assault, beating her with a table leg, slapping her, threatening her with a knife and punching her in the eye.

The victim, who is understood to be 20 years younger than her partner, was then punched in the back, leaving her gasping, before being dragged by her hair and thrown on to the bed where she was raped.

The terrified woman, who has not been named, begged him to stop. He replied: "don't get out of here alive" during the attack, which took place at around midnight on June 18, 2019, in Vimercate, Monza.

The woman's horrific ordeal only came to an end when her daughter arrived at the caravan at 7 a.m the next morning and called the police.

Her attacker was arrested and later jailed for five years.

However, the man, who has not been named, has had his sentence cut by 8 months after he lodged an appeal.

The Milan Court of Appeal has now declared the sentence will be reduced to 4 years 4 months.

File photograph of prison bars. A man convicted of kidnapping and raping his girlfriend has had his sentence slashed after the court ruled he was exasperated that she cheated on him. iStock/Getty

Judges ruled that he was "exasperated" because she was cheating on him.

Local media said in making its decision, the court said the case was "characterized by anomalies such as the woman's relations with other men."

The boyfriend was described as "meek" and "exasperated by the woman's too casual conduct."

Experts fear domestic violence could soar globally with as many as 31 million new cases as COVID-19 restrictions continue to bite.

A report published in April by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) used data from Johns Hopkins University, Avenir Health and the Victoria University in Australia to estimate the number of domestic violence cases.

It cites stay-at-home orders and movement restrictions, which have been imposed in countries across the world, as the "largest contributor" to the increase in domestic violence cases.

"Projections show that if violence increases by 20 percent during periods of lockdown, there would be an additional 15 million cases of intimate partner violence in 2020 for an average lockdown of a duration of 3 months," said the report.

Experts said there would be 31 million cases for an average lockdown of 6 months, 45 million for an average lockdown of 9 months and 61 million if the average lockdown period were to be as long as one year.