Ariel Castro, 52, the man believed to have held three young girls prisoner for more than a decade in Cleveland, Ohio, intends to deny all charges even though the three girls, now women, display the signs of enforced captivity. Sexually abused and beaten the women had barely set foot outside of the house during their long incarceration. There were vague reports of neighbours contacting the police after claims of sightings of a naked girl on all fours in the garden, wearing nothing but a dog collar and lead, but no more outings.
The house belonged to the man, he lived there with the girls held in different rooms so how can he even consider pleading not guilty to all charges?
According to headlines on Karoo "Craig Weintraub and Jay Schlachet told a US TV station that Ariel Castro has been portrayed as a "monster" in the media, and after meeting with him they do not see him that way. Mr Weintraub says it was unfair and offensive that "the media and the community want to demonise this man before they know the whole story. Mr Schlachet said details of Castro's innocence "will be disclosed as the case progresses."
Claims that Mr Castro dearly loves the six-year-old child he fathered with victim Amanda Berry do nothing to soften the public's perceptions of this man.
It is difficult to imagine what he will be able to truthfully reveal in court that will clear his name and lead a jury to find him innocent. That said there should be no trial by the media and justice must run its course. Here at TEK we shall keep an eye on this story and update in due course.
For now, let the proper trial begin and stop the speculation. Lurid reports splashed all over the Internet are damaging to the case and the girls as they try to pick up the pieces of their young lives.
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