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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Two teenage boys are suspects in rape of girl (14) outside disco

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Ken Foy

GardaÍ are investigating whether two young teenage boys are involved in the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl at a teenage disco.

The two teenagers, who are understood to be roughly the same age as the alleged victim, have not yet been arrested.

The girl said she was raped by the two boys in Co Leitrim on Friday, July 28.

Gardaí have confirmed that a full investigation team has been assembled in Carrick-on-Shannon to investigate the incident, which is reported to have occurred in the grounds of Cartown nightclub.

The alleged incident is understood to have happened outside.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was at the event on the night in question between 8pm and midnight to contact them.

The traumatised teenager has claimed she was attacked by the two teenagers after leaving the Cartown venue.

The victim is said to have confided in her friend in the aftermath of the attack, who told her own parents and whose mother immediately contacted gardaí.

Sources said that gardaí are treating the allegations as "credible".

Fianna Fáil councillor Sean McGowan, for Carrick-on-Shannon, said he was "truly horrified" by the incident.

"She's only a child and my thoughts are with the girl and her family," he said. "As a parent, it's one of the worst calls you could get so you would have to think about them in this case."

Fine Gael Councillor Finola Armstrong-McGuire said it was a "terrible incident".

"I think it's important as it's such a sensitive issue that we should try and respect the family in this time," she told the Irish Independent.

Yesterday's revelation regarding the teen disco attack in Co Leitrim comes as officers in Swords, north Co Dublin, continue their probe into an alleged rape of a 19-year-old woman at the Wright Venue nightclub in the early hours of Saturday, July 29.

It is understood that the alleged victim was attacked at 2am by two men at the same time when she was "passed out" in a VIP section of the nightclub.

Coolock gardaí on the city's northside were called after staff in the club observed the incident on CCTV and identified the suspects, before officers were contacted.

The suspects, who are aged 20 and 21 and from Navan, Co Meath, were arrested in the nightclub and detained at Coolock garda station before being released without charge early on Sunday, July 30.

In a completely separate incident, a Spanish student aged 18 was allegedly attacked in the Ringsend area after meeting a man on the city's quays.

On July 21 a man appeared in court charged with raping, imprisoning and threatening to kill the Spanish teenager.

Last week in Dublin District Court, it emerged that gardaí were looking to bring further charges against a 24-year-old man accused of rape and false imprisonment.

Irish Independent

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