Migrant sexually assaulted underage girls and raped a 12-year-old boy after arriving in France
An Afghan migrant who sexually assaulted underage girls and raped a 12-year-old boy after arriving in France told a court: 'In my country it is normal to have sex with young boys'.
Mohammed Rahman Arsala was jailed last year for raping a 12-year-old boy.
He was hauled back to court over two sexual attacks on underage girls.
The Afghan migrant said he 'did not know' the laws on underage sex in France.
Arsala, 32, moved to Saint-Brieuc in northern France in 2018 where he committed a string of offences.
He was jailed last year for 15 years for raping a 12-year-old boy and was hauled back before the courts last week to answer for further offences against children.
Arsala followed the underage boy off a bus, grabbed his arm and took him to an abandoned warehouse to carry out the attack in August 2018.
After returning the boy to the park, a group of underage girls who had previously been bothered by Arsala saw the distressed look on the boy's face and alerted police and he was arrested later that day.
Arsala was jailed for a further three years for the two attacks against the young girls, extending his prison sentence to 18 years.
The defence lawyer asked the judge to consider the 'cultural element' of the case, saying it was common practice for men to abuse underage boys in Afghanistan.
The defendant said: 'In my country, it is normal to have sexual relations with young boys because women are inaccessible. When I arrived in France I did not know your laws, but since I learned that it was prohibited'.
The practice of Bacha Bazi is illegal in Afghanistan but perpetrators are rarely punished, with many powerful officials in the former NATO-backed administration and army being involved.
The prosecutor said of the defendant: 'He tells us that if he had been married, that would never have happened because he would have had a wife to satisfy his needs… But does he, therefore, see others only as objects?'
At the end of his sentence, this beast will be deported from France. What’s the betting he ends up in Soft Touch Britain?