Ohio kidnapper: 'I'm a sick man'

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro has admitted that he is "a sick man", but added he is "not the monster". Castro abducting and abused three women for 11 years. Today a judge told him he would never be freed from prison.

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Ariel Castro sentenced to life in prison

Ariel Castro in court. Credit: Reuters

Ariel Castro has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

Judge Michael Russo is still listing further sentences for all of the 937 charges, including rape and aggravated murder relating to the kidnap and imprisonment of women, which Castro is facing.

Inside the Ohio kidnapper's home

Photographs were shown to the court of the inside of Ariel Castro's house in Ohio where he held three women for more than a decade.

A chain in the room that Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight shared. Credit: FBI
A letter found in the house written by Ariel Castro. Credit: FBI
The room that Amanda Berry and her daughter spent the majority of their time. Credit: FBI

Castro: 'We had a lot of harmony in that home'

Addressing the court Ariel Castro said: "Finally I would like to apologise to the victims. To Amanda Berry and Gina De Jesus and Michelle Knight. I am truly sorry for what happened.

Tearing up Castro continued: "To this day I'm trying to answer my own questions, I don't know why....I had everything going on for me...I just hope they can find it in their hearts to forgive me. Because we had a lot of harmony going on in that home."

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Ariel Castro: 'I know it was wrong but I'm not violent'

Addressing the court before his sentencing Ariel Castro said: "I know it's wrong and I'm not trying to make excuses I know I'm 100% wrong for doing that. But I'm trying to say I'm not a violent person.

He continued: "I was driven by sex.

"Amanda [Berry], she got in my car without knowing who it was, I'm not trying to put in her, but I'm just saying I'm not a violent predator, I'm not a monster. I'm just sick, I have an addiction, just like an alcoholic has an addiction."

Ariel Castro: 'I'm not a monster I am a victim of porn'

Ariel Castro has spoken to the court ahead of his sentencing for 937 charges related to the kidnap of three women for over a decade in his home.

Castro told the court:

Ariel Castro speaking to the court.

"I stated before that I was a victim of sex when I was a child. This led me into viewing pornography for my whole life...These people are trying to paint me as a monster and I'm not a monster, I'm sick. My sexual problems have been so bad on my mind, I'm impulsive."

"I believe I am a victim to porn."

Victim tells Castro: 'You will face hell for eternity'

Michelle Knight was the only one of Ariel Castro's victims to speak herself in court, she said: "Days never got shorter, days turned in to nights, nights turned in to days. The years turned in to eternity.

"Nobody should ever have to go through what I went through.

Michelle Knight speaking in court.

Through tears she told Castro: "I spent 11 years in hell, now your hell is just beginning. I will overcome all this that happened, but you will face hell for eternity."

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