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Sadistic rape case revealed

A 53-year-old Greek man who allegedly held hostage, and repeatedly raped, a 44-year-old Belarussian woman for a-year-and-a-half, has been arrested after throwing her off a first-floor balcony, police in Athens said yesterday. The suspect threw the woman off the balcony in a fit of rage after she tried to escape, police said. She was hospitalized with a serious leg fracture. The woman had attempted to escape several times since her abduction in the summer of 2006, according to police, who said her alleged aggressor regularly bound her hands and feet with electrical tape before raping her. A few days before the 44-year-old fell from the balcony, the suspect allegedly attacked one of her friends, a 38-year-old Russian woman, throwing her off a balcony too. She was too scared to press charges, police said. The 53-year-old has been charged with attempted manslaughter, rape, abduction and illegal detention. An Albanian, believed to be the Greek man’s accomplice, has also been arrested.