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Supreme Court upholds conviction of pedophile

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a 20-year prison sentence for an Austrian man convicted in 2008 of having sex with five underage boys, including a 14-year-old.

Olaf Achleitner, 64, who was working in a riverside restaurant in 2007 when he committed the crimes, had asked the court to show him leniency because he was suffering from “health problems”, including incontinence and a “disease” that attracted him to young boys.

But presiding judge Khim Ponn upheld the guilty verdict and sentence, which was welcomed by Chea Nara, a lawyer for one of the victims.

“But [my client] has not received any compensation,” Nara said.

Achleitner’s lawyer, Dun Vibol, did not dispute the verdict, but said he wanted a reduced sentence for his client.

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