A KUWAITI businessman’s family tried to buy off the woman he allegedly raped.
A 28-year-old Moroccan, identified as Mariam to protect her anonymity, was the Calpe-based family’s nanny.
The Kuwaiti’s relatives were so insistent that they were still coercing her while she was at the Denia court, repeatedly sending her text messages and offering money if she dropped the charges.
The investigating judge assigned to the case is now taking these messages into account in his appraisal of the evidence.
Mariam claimed she was raped and obliged to perform sex acts on the man during the month that she was kept a virtual prisoner in his house.
Her employer had promised to regularise her position in Spain but failed to do so or pay her, she said.
The abuse began several days after she began working for the family and was so violent that she was physically injured although her employer prevented her from seeing a doctor, allegedly threatening to kill her if she sought help.
During the third and last attack, the man’s children tried unsuccessfully to prevent him from raping the nanny, but the victim explained that he made them leave the room and carried on abusing her.
When her employer went to pacify the shaken children, Mariam managed to escape from the house and seek help, leading to the arrest of the Kuwaiti who was remanded in custody.