Cyprys appealing conviction…not sentence

February 23, 2014 by J-Wire
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Convicted child sex offender David Cyprys will appeal his conviction of five charges of rape and not his sentence as reported in Jewish media last week.

David Cyprys

David Cyprys

The former Yeshivah College  security guard was sentenced in December last year to a non-parole five and a half years in prison. The total sentence handed out was eight years.

There is a significant difference between appealing his sentence and appealing his conviction. In appealing his conviction, Cyprys in maintaining his plea that he was not guilty of the crimes for which he was convicted.

Cyprys’s wife Michelle Coleman said: ” He is appealing the five counts of rape of which he was convicted by a jury. These five counts of rape refer to a single individual. I can say that it is the same individual who made a claim of touching, not rape), against David in 1991, to which David pleaded guilty and paid a $1,500 fine.

The complainant’s testimony to the court states that he was approached in 2008 and shown a copy of the 1991 conviction. He did not go to the police and make any other claims about David following this meeting. ”

However, in 2011, this individual was contacted by a police detective leading ultimately to the charged laid against Cyprys.

The court was also made aware of multiple inaccuracies in evidence, including a statement saying they Cyprys had locked the Mikvah door even though there was no lock on the inside of the door.

Manny Waks, Tzedek CEO and one of Cyprys’ many victims, commented: “An appeal of this kind would no doubt have a detrimental impact on some of Cyprys’ many victims. Many would want to move on from this difficult period but he is now causing us to re-live the trauma he inflicted upon us. It also highlights the lack of remorse by Cyprys, something the Judge pointed out during the case.

I am confident that justice will prevail, again.”

The appeal is due to be heard mid-year.


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