British dad accused of raping his own daughter on Crete holiday 'is CLEARED after DNA evidence proved he was innocent' | The Sun

British dad accused of raping his own daughter on Crete holiday 'is CLEARED after DNA evidence proved he was innocent' | The Sun

July 6, 2022

A BRIT dad accused of raping his own daughter has been released after being cleared by DNA evidence, it was reported.

Philip Forsythe, 62, was detained after his 33-year-old daughter Tammi said she was dragged from an alleyway and into a bush on Crete.

Tammi waived her right to anonymity to protest her dad's innocence after he arrested and to say she feared she is pregnant after the attack.

Mr Forsythe has now been released after DNA tests on sperm found on her clothes found it was not his, an investigating judge in Heraklion told The Sun Online.

Police in Hersonissos, the nearest town to Malia where the incident had reportedly taken place, said said "justice had spoken".

The mum-of-four had been in a bar with dad Philip and said the pair had been drinking heavily.


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Tammi said the Greek police accused her dad after seeing CCTV of them in the bar.

She said her dad was trying to get her back to their hotel but officers claimed the footage showed inappropriate sexual activity.

Tammi, who lives with her dad in Hull, said they made their way back to their hotel about 5am but she stumbled into an alley and was too drunk to get up.

At around 7.15am, she saw a man standing over her.

“He grabbed me by my legs, dragged me into a bush and raped me,” she told The Mail Online.

“I was left stunned by the whole thing and after it happened, I could not move for about 15 minutes because I was too scared.”

She went back to the hotel and reported the attack to the British Consulate and then Greek police.

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But now Tammi says she’s “60 per cent sure that I'm pregnant” after the horror attack.

“This holiday has turned into a horror movie,” she said.

“I'm really suffering with stress and anxiety which has only got worse because I'm feeling a bit sick and have missed my period. I'm usually very regular and it's not like me.

“I've been told by the British Consulate that I need to go to a medical clinic to have a blood test, but I've been suffering from such bad panic attacks that I need someone to accompany me.

“But I'm here on my own and have got nobody to help me.”

Tammi’s dad was arrested on June 11, two days after she was raped and he was held in jail awaiting the results of DNA tests.

She said officers “completely misunderstood” what she told them about what happened and her description of the attacker.

“I told them that my father was wearing all white, but they took that to mean that the attacker was wearing all white,” she said.

She said she wants Greek police to focus on catching the real rapist while her dad is in a “terrible state psychologically”.

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He also suffers from health problems, including diabetes, made worse during his time in prison.

“The police made up their minds from the start that my father was guilty and have not done anything about finding the real rapist,” she said.

How you can get help

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected].

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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