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Friday 23 March 2018

Man who raped Irish girl (13) in Tenerife 'a tourist'

Playa de las Americas, where the attack occurred
Playa de las Americas, where the attack occurred

Gerard Couzens

Police fear that a man who raped a 13-year-old Irish girl in a popular Tenerife holiday resort was a tourist who has already left the area.

The youngster told detectives she had been sexually assaulted on a beach near a shopping centre in Playa de Las Americas.

Police confirmed yesterday they were investigating the allegations.

However, they said they were prevented from making any further comment because a judge in charge of the probe had placed a secrecy order over the case.

It is feared the sexual predator may be a tourist who could have already left the island.

Local reports described the Irish girl as a holidaymaker - and said she was targeted in the early hours of last Thursday after heading to the area with her brother.

The rape is said to have happened around 2am local time at a beach close to the Las Veronicas shopping centre area where there are several bars and other nightspots.

She was treated in hospital and police were informed immediately afterwards.

The suspected sex attacker has been described as a Caucasian man.

The investigation is being conducted by specialist National Police officers under the coordination of a local investigating magistrate.

An insider said: "From the description the girl has given police, it's possible he is a tourist and the obvious concern is to identify him and track him before he leaves the island."

It is not known how the Irish youngster became separated from her brother.

A police spokesman said: "I can confirm we are investigating this but do not have any other details because there is a secrecy order over the case."

The area where the sex attack happened is near to the spot where a 22-year-old British man came close to bleeding to death in March after having his throat cut on a pub terrace.

His alleged attacker, a British man according to an arrest warrant issued by a local court, was held last month after flying to Ibiza from Bristol.

Irish Independent

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