A Russian court has ruled that a Ukrainian boy who claims he’s 13, be tried as an adult based on the size of his penis.
The teen boy, whose name is Tomas, was arrested on suspicion of stealing a cellphone in March, an accusation which he has denied. His family claim he was 12 at the time of the arrest and has produced documentation that he used to cross the Russian border as proof.
However authorities believe he is older and ordered a medical examination to determine his real age. Based on the size of his penis and teeth, prison doctors told the court they believe the boy is aged around 16 or 17. This means Tomas is legally an adult and therefore has been sentenced to complete jail time.
The family of Tomas has challenged the ruling, and the regional prison service has agreed to review his case. Which, after invading a potential minor’s privacy, is the least they could do.
While the nature of the case seems absolutely ridiculous (surely checking a birth certificate could have been an option?), we do hope that justice is served and that the boy in question is treated fairly.
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