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Dutchman wrongly accused of rape released as DNA shows British killer was culprit
A DUTCH national who has spent 12 years in jail for a rape he did not commit told reporters he would 'not wish his experiences on his worst enemy' as he left the prison building in Palma de Mallorca this week.
Romano Liberto van der Dussen (pictured) was found guilty of raping a woman identified only by her initials of M.A.C. A. in Fuengirola (Málaga province) in 2003, and was jailed in October of that year just 10 months after moving to the area from The Netherlands.
He was sentenced to six years for the attack, and nine years for the rape of two other women, and has always insisted he was innocent.
An appeal was rejected in 2006, but three years ago, DNA from another man was found which proved Van der Dussen did not attack M.A.C.A.
Cells on a comb were discovered which matched the profile of a British man identified as Mark Dixie, who was living on the Costa del Sol at the time.
He has been in jail for the last 11 years for the rape and murder of a young model in the UK in 2005.
Van der Dussen was convicted for the three attacks when he was aged 30 because he was 'recognised' by witnesses and two of the victims, but no other evidence and no DNA has ever been uncovered linking him to the crimes.
Although he has been found innocent of the first count of rape, Van der Dussen has been unable to convince the courts that he is not guilty of the other two.
When he was released this week, Van der Dussen was clearly still bitter and angry at his miscarriage of justice.
“I cannot even begin to describe what I have suffered,” he told reporters.
“I wouldn't have wished this on my worst enemy.”
The Dutchman says his stay in prison for someone else's crime meant he was unable to go to The Netherlands to be with his mother in the last few days of her life.
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