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Thursday 23 November 2017

Gardai quiz six teenage boys over alleged rape

Tom Brady and Jason O'Brien

SIX teenage boys have been interviewed by gardai following the alleged gang rape of a 14-year-old girl.

The girl, a foreign national, is alleged to have been raped by six youths in a house and in a field.

Gardai have interviewed a number of African youths of different nationalities about the incident.

The youths were interviewed under caution, but were not arrested following an incident in a Co Kildare town last month.

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

A garda spokeswoman confirmed that an investigation was under way into an allegation of sexual assault late last month.

Caution

It is understood that the youths had gone as a group to another teenage girl's house.

It is there that the alleged attack occurred, and it is also alleged that the girl was later attacked by the youths in a field.

Sources have said that a number of the young men in the group are accused of raping the girl as others looked on.

The girl's parents later contacted the gardai after being told about the alleged rape.

A major investigation was launched and six teenage boys, who are understood to be aged between 15 and 17, were interviewed by gardai under caution.

The young girl has received counselling and medical treatment following the incident.

"We can confirm a report of an alleged sexual assault in Co Kildare last month which is being investigated," a garda spokeswoman said.

Irish Independent

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