Victim of Bill Cosby demands justice at start of his sentencing hearing

    25 de septiembre de 2018

    Washington DC, Sep 24 (efe-epa).- Andrea Constand, victim of comedian Bill Cosby/s sexual abuses, on Monday called for justice in a local court in Pennsylvania, the United States, where the first day of Cosby's sentencing hearing is held against the actor convicted of sexual assault by a jury.

    Constand on Monday called for "justice as the court sees fit" against Cosby, who faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

    She entered the court shortly after Cosby and a few hours after having tweeted a short excerpt from the Bible: "Be wrathful, but do not sin; do not let the sun set while you are still angry; do not give the Devil an opportunity."

    The victim testified on Monday in the court in Norristown, Pennsylvania, where the judge is expected to issue on Tuesday a formal sentence for Cosby, who has already been convicted of three charges in April.

    The charges included non-consensual sexual penetration, forcible sexual penetration of an unconscious person and penetration after the supply of a narcotic.

    Cosby, 81, was portrayed by his defense lawyer as a dependent old man for whom jail would be an excessively harsh punishment.

    Cosby's legal team also announced that it will summon a psychologist to testify on Tuesday, who will potentially put different arguments on the table to prevent the comedian from spending time in prison.

    Although the maximum sentence that may result from these crimes is thirty years in prison, different media pointed out that the conviction is likely to be much lower, and the prosecution itself requested that the punishment be at least five to ten years in prison.

    State attorneys considered that a light sentence might send a negative message to society regarding sexual abuse, and said that the judge's ruling should point out that nobody is above the law.

    Prosecutors also noted that, despite Cosby's old age, he continues to pose a threat to society.

    More than 60 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct dating back to between the 1960s and 2000, although those cases did not lead to criminal charges as they fell under the statute of limitations, except Constand's accusation, of which Cosby was convicted earlier in April.