Irish jockey denies role in alleged gang rape of teenage girl after party
Published 08/11/2016 | 02:30
A jockey at the centre of a gang-rape allegation has denied the accusations and wants to get his horse-racing career "back on track".
Irish jockeys Brendan Powell Jr (21) and Richard Condon (20) were arrested along with one other man following an alleged rape of a teenage girl (18) after a party in Swindon in the UK last Thursday night.
Powell Jr was arrested by police on Friday and has since been bailed.
His father, Brendan Powell Sr, an ex-jockey and a well-known trainer, has defended his son and said he had "brought my children up well".
"All I can say is that I like to think I brought my children up well," Mr Powell Sr told the Irish Independent.
"He denies doing any wrong and I think when he gets proved innocent he just wants to get his career back on track again.
"I don't think there is a lot more to be said about it at the moment."
Last night, both Brendan Powell and Richard Condon released a statement via their legal representative Paul Morris, from BCL Solicitors, in which they "denied any allegation of criminal wrongdoing".
In the statement issued to the media, Paul Morris said: "My clients, Brendan Powell and Richard Condon, are subject to a police investigation with which they are co-operating fully.
"Both categorically deny any allegation of criminal wrongdoing and are confident that, in due course, their innocence will become clear to everyone.
"It is not appropriate at this stage to make any further comment."
The Powell family are well known in horse racing circles.
Brendan Sr famously won the 1998 Grand National on Rhyme and Reason.
He was renowned for surviving tough falls and since retiring in 2000 he has gone on to become an established trainer, with 500 winners under his belt.
His son has been making his name as a jockey in recent years and has been riding professionally since he was 16.
In an interview in 2012 he talked about his plans to follow his father's footsteps.
"It's in my blood - bred into me," he said at the time.
"Racing was always the route I was going to take - I didn't look at other options. Long-term, one day I'd like to be champion jockey."
Mr Powell Jr was arrested by Wiltshire Police alongside two other men on Saturday following an allegation of rape of an 18-year-old girl that occurred on November 3 at a residential address in Chiseldon, Swindon.
It is reported the young woman presented with injuries when she made a statement to police.
All three were arrested and police said the trio has been bailed to return on a date in late December.