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Gang rape charges dropped at attack trial

RAPE charges have been dropped against three men accused of taking part in a gang rape.

The three still face charges of the oral rape, attempted rape and sexual assault of the woman (34). They were aged 15, 16 and 18 when the alleged offences took place.

At the conclusion of the prosecution's case, Mr Justice Paul Carney told the Central Criminal Court that he was withdrawing the counts of rape because they could not stand up legally on the evidence of the complainant.

The three Cork men have denied four charges each of rape, oral rape, attempted rape, and sexual assault of a woman in Cork on September 13, 2009. They are now aged 19, 19 and 21.

It is the State's case that the three cousins were involved in a joint enterprise and that they attacked the woman in the back of their van after offering her a lift home late at night.

The trial continues.