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Rhode Island man convicted of raping girlfriend over smoking last cigarette

Leopoldo Belen of Woonsocket was convicted of four count of first-degree sexual assault for the April 2014 attack.

world Updated: Apr 05, 2017 08:42 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press
Providence, Rhode Island
Woonsocket,Rhode Island man convicted of rape,Leopoldo Belen
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A Rhode Island man has been convicted of repeatedly raping his then-girlfriend after he became angry that she smoked their last cigarette.

The Providence Journal reported the attorney general’s office as saying a Superior Court jury convicted 36-year-old Leopoldo Belen of Woonsocket of four counts of first-degree sexual assault for the April 2014 attack.

Prosecutors said Belen violently assaulted the then-21-year-old woman, who fled the Woonsocket apartment wearing only a bed sheet. A neighbour called 911.

Belen is accused in a separate case of beating 78-year-old Delor Cabral to death during a home invasion in 2013. Authorities have said that Cabral, a landlord, was trying to defend one of his tenants from being robbed.

Belen has pleaded not guilty to 13 charges. His lawyer didn’t immediately comment.

First Published: Apr 05, 2017 08:41 IST