Sunday 19 November 2017

Exclusive: Irish father of jockey at centre of 'gang rape' allegation says son denies wrongdoing

Brendan Powell Jnr
Brendan Powell Jnr
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

A JOCKEY at the centre of a 'gang rape' allegation has "denied doing any wrong" and "wants to get his career back on track", according to his family.

Brendan Powell Sr, whose son Brendan Jr (21) was arrested by police in England following an alleged rape of an 18-year-old, said his son denies the accusations.

"All I can say is that I like to think I brought my children up well. He denies doing any wrong and I think when he gets proved innocent he just wants to get his career back on track again,” Mr Powell told

"I don’t think there is a lot more to be said about it at the moment."

Mr Powell Sr, who is from Ireland, is well-known in horse racing circles and won the Grand National in 1998 as a jockey and is now established as a trainer in the UK.

Meanwhile, his son has been making his name as a jockey in recent years and has been riding professionally since he was 16.

His son was arrested by Wiltshire Police alongside two other men, aged 20, on Saturday following an allegation of rape of an 18 year old woman at a residential address in Chiseldon, Swindon on 3 November.

A statement from the police said the trio have been bailed to return on a date in late December.

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