GARDAÍ in Limerick are continuing an investigation into claims by a Junior Cert student she was raped, midweek, near the city centre while out celebrating her exam results.
The 16-year-old alleged she was set upon near one of the busiest nightspot areas of the city.
The schoolgirl was allegedly dragged into a lane which links Thomas Street and Catherine Street by two or three men and raped.
The alleged attack was carried out between 11pm and 11.30pm when the city centre was very busy with Junior Cert students.
The scene, Augustinian Lane, is frequently used by people going to two popular pubs, one of which is in the lane. The pubs. it is believed, would normally be very busy around the time of the alleged attack. Gardaí are examining CCTV obtained from a number of cameras located near entrances to the lane.
The rape claim was made later that night when the girl, accompanied by a relative, made the complaint at Henry Street Garda Station.
Thomas St and Catherine St has some of Limerick’s most popular restaurants and bars and, on the night, hundreds of people would have been moving between those premises. Gardaí were also on patrol in the city centre at the time but apparently received no report from any member of the public about any incident.
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