Looking little like the violent kidnapper/rapist he was alleged to be, Ariel Castro appeared in a US court Thursday to hear charges of kidnapping, rape, assault and murder that could result in the death penalty.
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Ariel Castro (podium-L) at Cleveland Municipal Court in front of judge Lauren Moore(R). Castro appeared in court Thursday to faces charges that he kidnapped and raped three young women and held them in his home for a decade. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP
Kidnapper may face death penalty
Cleveland, AFP – Prosecutors may seek the death penalty for the Ohio man charged with kidnapping and raping three women and violently terminating their pregnancies.
"I fully intend to seek charges for each and every act of sexual violence, rape, each day of kidnapping, every felonious assault, all his attempted murders, and each act of aggravated murder he committed by terminating pregnancies that the offender perpetrated against the hostages during this decade-long ordeal,'' Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty said.
"My office will also engage in a formal process in which we evaluate to seek charges eligible for the death penalty,'' he said.
Earlier, unemployed US bus driver Ariel Castro was ordered held on an $8 million bond on charges he kidnapped and raped three women and held them in his Ohio home for a decade.
Police radio from Castro's home, giving first word that the women had been found
Castro was arrested on Monday after 27-year-old Amanda Berry managed to call out to a neighbour who kicked in the door to the suspect's Cleveland home and rescued her and the six-year-old daughter she bore during her captivity.
Police arrived on the scene and entered the house, finding two more women, 23-year-old Gina DeJesus and 32-year-old Michelle Knight. All three had been snatched in separate incidents around a decade earlier.
The 52-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio did not enter a plea and stood with his head bowed while the court set a large bond of two million dollars per case, effectively ensuring that he will remain in detention. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/
Arguing for an astronomically high bail bond that would effectively ensure that Castro is not freed pending his trial, county prosecutor Brian Murphy told the court that the suspect had "manipulated and deceived."
"Two of the victims incurred a horrifying ordeal for more than a decade, a third for close to a decade, and the ordeal eventually resulted in a little girl believed to have been born to one of the women while in captivity.
"And also, along with captivity, there were repeated beatings. They were bound and restrained and sexually assaulted, basically never freed to leave this residence," he said.
Castro kept his head bowed impassively through much of the hearing, chewing on the collar of the dark-blue uniform issued to him during his detention.
Castro's brothers – 54-year-old Pedro and 50-year-old Onil – were also arrested on Monday following the women's rescue, but prosecutors say they have found nothing to link them to the kidnapping case.
Castro, a former school bus driver whose family hails from Puerto Rico, has been described as a friendly neighbour who raised few suspicions but who also kept to himself, rarely if ever allowing anyone inside his home.
One man who did visit him, local musician Ricky Sanchez, said he had seen no reason to be suspicious.
"Let me tell you something, that guy was the nicest guy, you know, one of the nicest guys I ever met," Sanchez told AFP.
"You can't tell, you know? What happened here, I'm just in shock, you know? It's just like, I can't believe what is happening. I mean the guy is such a nice guy, you know?"
Sanchez said he visited the home more than 17 times, and had seen a young girl he was told was Castro's granddaughter. He had noted that the door had multiple heavy locks, and once heard noise from the basement.
"I ask him 'What is that? What is that noise?' 'Oh, that's just those dogs that I have down here."'
podium – a small raised area where someone stands to give a speech, conduct an orchestra, give out awards, etc. แท่น, พลับพลา
municipal – of a town, city or district with its own local government เทศบาล
kidnap – to illegally take someone away and make them a prisoner ลักพาตัว
rape – to commit the crime of forcefully having sex with someone against their wish ข่มขืน
decade – a period of ten years ทศวรรษ
prosecutor – a lawyer whose job is to prove in court that someone accused of a crime is guilty อัยการ
charge – to accuse someone officially of committing a crime ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
violently – very strongly and severely อย่างรุนแรง
terminate – to end or stop something ทำให้สิ้นสุด
pregnancy – the state of being pregnant, having a baby developing inside การตั้งท้อง
intend – to plan to do; to want to happen ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น, วางแผนไว้
felonious – relating to or involved in crime เกี่ยวกับอาชญากรรมที่รุนแรง, เกี่ยวกับความชั่วร้าย
assault – attacking someone violently การทำร้ายร่างกาย
murder – the crime of intentionally killing a person ฆาตกรรม
aggravated – of a crime that involves further unnecessary violence or unpleasant behaviour การทำร้ายร่างกายจนได้รับอันตรายสาหัส
commit – to do something wrong or illegal ทำความผิด
offender – a person who is guilty of a crime ผู้กระทำความผิด
perpetrate – to do something that is harmful, illegal, or dishonest ทำผิด, ทำชั่ว
hostage – a person who is the prisoner of someone who threatens to kill them if they do not get what they want ตัวประกัน
ordeal – an extremely unpleasant experience, especially one that lasts for a long time ประสบการณ์ที่แสนสาหัส
engage in – to take part in a particular activity เกี่ยวข้อง มีส่วนร่วม
process – a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ
evaluate – to form an opinion about something after thinking about/examining it carefully ประเมิน
eligible – allowed by rules or laws to do something or to receive something มีสิทธิ
unemployed – not having a job ซึ่งว่างงาน
(bail) bond – an amount of money/property left with or promised to a court which allows a person arrested for a crime to go free temporarily before his/her trial กรมธรรม์ค้ำประกันผู้ต้องหา
arrest – (of the police) to take someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime จับกุม
neighbour – someone who lives near you, เพื่อนบ้าน
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
rescue – to save a person or animal from a dangerous or unpleasant situation ช่วยชีวิต
bear (a child) – to give birth to a child ให้กำเนิด, คลอดลูก
captivity – the state of being kept in a confined space; the state of being kept as a prisoner การถูกกักขัง, การถูกจองจำ
scene – site; a place where something happens or happened สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
snatch – to take or get something quickly คว้า
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
plea – a statement made by somebody or for somebody who is accused of a crime คำให้การแก้ฟ้อง
bow – to move your head or the top half of your body forwards and downwards คำนับ, น้อมศรีษะ
effectively – in reality ตามความเป็นจริง
ensure – to make certain that something happens or is done ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
detention – the condition of being forced officially to stay in a place การกักตัว
astronomical – extremely large มหึมา, มหาศาล, ใหญ่โต,
pending – waiting to be dealt with, settled or completed ยังค้างอยู่, ซึ่งยังไม่จบสิ้น, อยู่ในระหว่าง
trial – the process of examining a case in a court of law and deciding whether someone has or has not committed a crime การพิจารณาคดี
county – the largest political division of a state in the US - like an amphur in Thailand เขตปกครอง
manipulate – to control something or someone to your advantage, often unfairly or dishonestly ชักใย
deceive – to persuade someone that something false is the truth หลอก
victim – someone who has been harmed, injured or killed as the result of a crime เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
incur – to be forced to deal with an unpleasant situation ประสบกับสิ่งที่ไม่ดี
horrifying – making you feel extremely shocked, disgusted or frightened สยองขวัญ
beating – an act of hitting somebody hard and repeatedly, as a punishment or in a fight การตีซ้ำๆ, การฟาดซ้ำๆ
bound – tied ผูก มัดไว้
restrain – to stop somebody/something from doing something, especially by using physical force กักขัง, ยับยั้ง, จำกัด
residence – a place where someone lives ที่อยู่อาศัย
impassive – not showing any feeling or emotion ซึ่งไม่แสดงอารมณ์
chew – to bite food into small pieces in your mouth with your teeth to make it easier to swallow; to bite something continuously, for example because you are nervous or to taste it เคี้ยว
collar – the part around the neck of a shirt, jacket or coat that usually folds down ปกเสื้อ, คอเสื้อ
issue – to give or provide something แจกจ่าย
link – a connection การเชื่อมต่อ
hail from – to be from a particular place มีภูมิลำเนามาจาก
suspicious – a feeling that someone or something cannot be trusted — มีความสงสัย, ด้วยความสงสัย, สงสัย, พิรุธ
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about ท้องถิ่น
shock – a strong feeling of surprise as a result of something happening, especially something unpleasant; the event that causes this feeling ช็อค, ความสะดุ้ง, อาการช็อค
multiple – many มากมาย