Monday 27 January 2020

Man arrested over alleged rape on ferry

Pádraig Byrne

A man in his 50s was arrested and questioned by gardaí over an alleged rape that took place on board a passenger ferry in Rosslare on Christmas day.

Gardaí are investigating the incident which is said to have occurred on board an Irish Ferries vessel which was docked in the Europort at the time as there were no ferry crossings on Christmas Day or St Stephen's Day.

Detectives made the arrest after they received a complaint from a woman in her 30s claiming that she went to sleep in her cabin and woke to find the man having sex with her without her consent.

It is reported that the woman and her alleged attacker had attended a Christmas party on board the ship, which was attended by more than 50 people.

Gardaí did not receive a complaint from the woman immediately and when she did contact them, they discovered the ferry had sailed from Rosslare to Pembroke in Wales.

Police were contacted at the Welsh port where the ship was due to dock and police officers met the ship on arrival and boarded the vessel.

Police technical experts in the overseas port carried out a forensic examination of the woman's cabin and took a number of items as evidence from the cabin, among them bed clothes, which will now be forwarded to gardaí to assist them in their investigation.

Meanwhile, gardaí arrested a suspect in his 50s, whom the woman had identified to them, and he was brought to Wexford Garda Station.

He was questioned under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act for several hours before being released without charge.

A Garda spokesman said gardaí would prepare a file on the matter which they hope to forward to the DPP in the coming weeks.

Gorey Guardian