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The scene of the alleged sex attacks at Courtown Harbour, Co Wexford

The scene of the alleged sex attacks at Courtown Harbour, Co Wexford

The scene of the alleged sex attacks at Courtown Harbour, Co Wexford

Two teenage brothers have been charged with the rape of a 17-year-old girl at a popular Wexford holiday resort last summer.

The brothers - who are aged 15 and 17 and are not from the area - appeared before Judge Brian O'Shea at Wexford District Court.

Both appeared having been arrested by gardaí yesterday morning at their home.

They are charged with the rape of the teenage girl at a time unknown between the evening of July 27 and early hours of July 28, 2019, at the Burrow area of Courtown Harbour.

The brothers are both being represented by defence solicitor Chris Hogan.

The mother of the boys was also in court for the hearing, at which arresting officers Garda Jacinta Gordon and Garda Gavin Tracey confirmed gardaí were formally objecting to bail.

Judge O'Shea was told the younger brother was 14 at the time of the alleged incident.

The older brother is 17 but will turn 18 very shortly.

The court was told the Garda investigation into the alleged rape had involved the scrutiny of extensive CCTV security camera footage, DNA tests and multiple statements. Sergeant Gary Rayner confirmed to the court that accommodation was available at Oberstown detention centre for both accused.

Judge O'Shea noted the charges before the court could scarcely be more serious and he remanded both teenagers in custody.

Both will appear again before Wexford District Court next Monday.

Irish Independent