Monday 18 December 2017

Two questioned over horrific rape of teenager in top nightclub

The Wright Venue in Swords where the alleged rape of a teenager took place
The Wright Venue in Swords where the alleged rape of a teenager took place

Ken Foy

Gardaí have launched a major investigation into a sickening sexual assault on a teenage woman in one of Dublin's most prestigious nightclubs.

The 19-year-old was allegedly raped by two men in The Wright Venue in north Co Dublin at 2am on Saturday.

It is understood that the alleged victim was attacked by the 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.

A file is now being prepared for the DPP, but sources say that gardaí are not looking for anyone else in relation to the horrific incident.

"The unconscious lady was the subject of a sustained attack by these two men. CCTV evidence shows the distressing ordeal," a source said.

The young woman was brought to the Sexual Assault Unit of the capital's Rotunda Hospital where she was treated.

She has made a statement to officers and the case is being treated as a "credible, serious sexual assault investigation".

A spokeswoman for the nightclub said that its management would not comment on the matter as it was the subject of an ongoing Garda investigation.

The arrested men were previously unknown to gardaí.

This is the second high profile incident involving the alleged rape of a teenage girl in the capital in recent weeks.

In a completely separate incident, a Spanish student aged 18 was allegedly attacked 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.

Irish Independent

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