THIS is the moment British holidaymakers suspected of the gang rape of a British tourist at a hotel in Magaluf cover their faces with their T-shirts as they are led into the courtroom in handcuffs.
The men looked down and covered themselves as they spotted photographers waiting outside the courthouse in the Mallorcan capital, Palma.
They were escorted into the courtroom by armed police officersafter a night in police cells following their arrests yesterday.
A judge should question them before deciding whether they should be remanded in custody or released on bail pending an ongoing investigation.
The British woman who accused them of drugging and sexually assaulting her was also expected to testify as part of the investigation.
When they are taken into custodyThe suspects are likely to end up in the same prison where five French and one Swiss are being held on suspicion of gang raping a British 18-year-old almost two weeks ago.
Police in Mallorca confirmed yesterday afternoon that the trio, who, like their accuser, are believed to be in their early 20s, were detained as they attempted to board a flight bound for Manchester.
The results of the tests for suspicious substances carried out by the British woman are not yet available.
And the hotel where the latest incident took place has not yet been named.
A spokesman for the Guardia Civil yesterday confirmed the arrests at a hotel in the municipality of Calvia, to which Magaluf belongs: “The Guardia Civil have arrested three young men as suspected perpetrators of a crime of sexual aggression against a woman.” at a hotel in Calvia.
“This morning a Central Response Unit received an alert about possible sexual aggression from a hotel in the community.
“A police patrol went to the hotel and spoke to a young tourist who told them that she had been raped in the early hours of the morning by men she had met the night before.
“She also said she suffered chemical suppression as she may have been completely unwell from using some drug of some sort.
“She said she didn’t know the identity of the alleged attackers, only the nickname that one of them used on a social network.”
Explain that she was taken thereIn order for further testing to take place, the spokesman added: “Officials identified the suspected attackers, who had just left the hotel with the intention of catching a flight back to their home country.
“They were arrested at Palma Airport minutes before boarding a flight to Manchester.”
This comes after the arrest of the eight suspects in connection with the alleged gang rape of an 18-year-old British teenager at the BH Mallorca resort in Magaluf in the early hours of August 14.
Six of them are in detention in Mallorca and two are expected to be extradited from France shortly.
Seven of the suspects, aged 18 to 26, are French and the other man is Swiss.
BH Mallorca Resort said it was fully cooperating with the authorities and offered its support to the unnamed holidaymaker.
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- Keep your phone close at all times.
- Contact charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat hotline and services like SupportLine.
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- If you suspect your partner is going to attack you, try moving to a lower-risk area of the house—for example, where there is an exit and access to a phone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage where there may be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you could be trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you could be trapped in a closet or other small space.
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