In a disconcerting incident, a 51-year-old French national, Lionel Seux, has been sentenced to a five year and four month long imprisonment for sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl. The incident took place in a nightclub in Paceville, Malta in September 2021. The court hearing revealed that Seux, locked himself and the girl in the nightclub's bathroom around 1 am, proceeded to undress and touch both the victim and himself inappropriately.
Intervention and Legal Proceedings
The grim situation was interrupted by the girl's friend who incessantly knocked on the door. Initially, Seux was confronted with a maximum punishment of nine years in prison but he chose to plead guilty following the presentation of the prosecution's case, which included witnesses. Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit convicted him of making non-consensual sexual advances and detaining the girl against her will.
Despite Seux's guilty plea, he was not granted the full reduction in punishment that is usually offered for early admissions of guilt. This noteworthy deviation from the norm indicates the severity of the crime and marks a strong stand against such predatory behavior.
In addition to the time behind bars, Seux has been ordered to bear approximately 5,100 euros in court expenses. This financial penalty adds to the repercussions that Seux must face for his actions. The prosecution for this case was led by Police inspectors John Spiteri and Leeroy Balzan Engerer.