Friday 24 March 2017

Boy quizzed over rape claim

Teen allegedly attacked girl at Junior Cert disco

Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

A BOY was last night being questioned by gardai over allegations that he raped a girl during a disco being held to celebrate the end of the Junior Cert.

The 14-year-old boy allegedly attacked the 15-year-old girl at Tramco nightclub in Rathmines, Dublin.

Witnesses said the disco was closed and the venue sealed off at about 11.45pm following the incident on Thursday night.

About 800 students were attending the event, which was a non-alcoholic disco.

It is understood that gardai who had been monitoring the party were called into the club by security after they heard the girl scream.

She was assaulted in the cubicle of the men's toilets, it is alleged. The suspect was arrested at about 11.30pm.

It is understood both of the youngsters are from the southside of the city, although they do not attend the same school.

The girl was taken to the sexual assault unit in the Rotunda Hospital, which is standard procedure following any such allegation.

Students attending the event were kept for about half-an-hour after gardai shut it down.

Screaming

The boy, accompanied by his parents, is being questioned at Terenure garda station and can be detained for up to 24 hours.

Local business owners said pupils had lined up from about midday to purchase tickets for the event.

Brian Madigan, a resident of the adjoining Tramco apartment complex, said he was at home at the time of the disco.

"I heard girls screaming and I thought it sounded unusual," he said. He added that the club was usually open from Thursday to Saturday and it did not often hold underage parties.

Tramco was previously owned by property developers Niall Mellon and Paddy Kelly. However, it closed its doors in 2009.

It later reopened under the control of Dublin-based insolvency specialists Kavanagh fennell. Calls to the firm were not returned last night.

This weekend will see a raft of parties as 116,500 students finished their Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams this week.

Meanwhile, a man was being questioned last night in relation to an unconnected incident where a woman was raped in her home after a break-in.

The attack took place in Marlfield, Cabinteely, south Dublin, on June 17.

The man was arrested in Dublin shortly before 2pm yesterday and is being detained at Dun Laoghaire garda station.

It is understood the man may have followed his victim on foot from a local pub before he pounced, entering a house and attacking her.

Irish Independent

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