The Greek Supreme and Civil Court dismissed on Wednesday some of the charges filed against a Greek policemen who bit, beat, stripped, handcuffed and abandoned a man in an uninhabited area in central Greece.
The policeman, who received a suspended sentence, was originally charged and sentenced in the lower courts with illegal detention, exposure, bodily harm, damage to property, illegal possession of firecrackers and illegal possession of weapons.
The Supreme Court overturned the sentence for some of the offenses due to the more lenient provisions of the new Penal Code.
The story of alleged police brutality dates back to 2012, the result of a love rivalry.
Love triangle for Greek policeman
According to reports filed in court, in 2012, the 33-year-old policeman had been romantically involved with a 22-year-old day care worker for almost a year. In December of that year, the day care worker was hired at a nursery school in Thessaly.
At about the same time, a 22-year-old man was hired on five-month contract as a public servant at the same center. After the colleagues became acquainted by sharing a mutual work space, the 22-year-old became flirtatious with the woman.
She made it clear to him from the beginning that she was already involved with a policeman. Nonetheless, they called and exchanged text messages with one another. Early in February of 2013, the policeman discovered messages on his girlfriend’s cell phone from her colleague at the day care center.
The Greek policeman sent messages from his girlfriend’s phone to his rival, impersonating her. The flirtatious colleague openly expressed his feelings, believing he was communicating with the woman.
The woman informed her colleague that her boyfriend had seen his messages and that he wanted to meet with him. A meeting was then arranged. The two men met with the intention of driving to the girlfriend’s home together and confronting her at once. The 22-year-old willingly entered into the policeman’s car.
The two then began a calm conversation.
The policeman’s demeanor changed when the 22-year-old asked, “Tell me what damage I have done to you and I will pay it off.” At that point the policemen began yelling and screaming obscenities and demanding the other man recite “The Lord’s Prayer.”
Policeman Allegedly Beats, Bites Victim
According to the reports filed in court, the enraged policeman allegedly drove the car to a deserted hill and then ordered the 22-year-old to get out of the car.
He then bit him on the nose and the left ear, proceeding to beat him and tear off his clothes. The policeman next fired shots in the air in front of the now-naked man. He handcuffed the 22-year-old and smashed his cell phone so that he couldn’t call for help.
The policeman then drove off, leaving the man handcuffed, naked and barefoot in the deserted area on the night in mid-February.
The young man wandered in the wilderness and finally found shelter in a field near the industrial area of Thessaly. He sought cover in a shepherd’s hut but was attacked by sheep dogs. Despite being handcuffed he somehow managed to drive them away. A shepherd then discovered him, gave him some clothing and drove him home.
The 22-year-old was admitted to the hospital for what were called “abrasions to the nose and left ear with bruises.” The hospital psychiatric exam stated that the victim was “suffering from anxiety and depression and intense fear for his well-being.” A prescription of antidepressants was recommended for his treatment. He filed a police report of the incident at the local station.
The day after the alleged beating, the policeman went on duty at his station as normal. While at work, he called the police station in the area where he had left the rival. He named the man, admitted that they had fought over a woman and he had been so angry he left him there.
Shortly after midnight, the policeman was arrested by the officers from the internal police affairs unit. A search of his home at the time of the arrest, found firecrackers, handcuffs, cartridges and a gun licensed to him.
The 33-year-old police officer was initially sentenced in Larissa to 27 months in prison, with a three year suspended sentence.
Eight months after the alleged beating, the policeman and the 22-year-old day care worker married and they now have a daughter together.