Victim of alleged rape mis-identifies attacker in Portland courtroom

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Prosecutors seeking to try a Somali refugee as an adult for allegedly raping a 50-year-old woman ran into a problem in court: The alleged victim identified a court interpreter as her attacker.

Mohammed Muktar

The Portland Press Herald says the courtroom fell silent Monday. After a recess, the woman walked closer to the defense table and identified the defendant as her assailant.

A judge in July had transferred the case of Mohammed Mukhtar of Portland to juvenile court.

Prosecutors had said Mukhtar was born on Jan. 1, 1994, making him 18 at the time of the crime. But Mukhtar's attorney successfully argued he was born on Oct. 25, 1994, making him 17. Prosecutors are now seeking to have the case transferred to adult court because of the seriousness of the crime.

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Steve  Dosh's picture

Victim of alleged rape mis-identifies attacker in Portland court

all tueday night
omg , is this story true ?
Not to downplay the seriousness of the allegations but i've been in the tropics so long that all haolies ( white people ) look the same to me now
Jungle rot •
/s Steve

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

17 or 18, who cares? Rape is

17 or 18, who cares? Rape is rape and if he is found guilty, depending on his citizen status, he should either go to jail and/or face deportation.

Allisa Milliard's picture

eyewitness accounts are the

eyewitness accounts are the least reliable sources. research has been done that shows how we perceive an event affects how we remember it, and can be skewed. that would be why we use forensic evidence, like dna and fingerprint identification.

also rape is rape. 17 is hardly a child, rape is an adult crime, and this guy would not be considered a juvenile anywhere in the world, including his own culture.

Wendi Ward's picture

Does the lady feel less raped

Does the lady feel less raped because he was 17? Adult crime, adult time! Ask her how she feels.


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