Supported of Irish in the Rugby World Cup match was ‘abducted and gang-raped’

Alleged Rape in Bordeaux City Center Sparks Investigation

According to reports from French media outlets, authorities are actively searching for individuals accused of sexually assaulting a 37-year-old woman on Sunday night in the city center of Bordeaux.

Assault in City Center

The victim, a 37-year-old woman, was reportedly walking back to her accommodation near Rue de la Rousselle when she fell victim to the attack. The incident took place during the nighttime hours.

Seeking Help from Passersby

Following the alleged assault, the woman is said to have managed to make her way back to her accommodation. She received assistance from passing Welsh rugby supporters, who aided her in returning to her lodgings. However, she was in a state of shock and initially unable to report the incident to the police.

Official Investigation Underway

Le Parisien reports that a criminal investigation into the incident has been initiated. Law enforcement authorities are currently searching for three Caucasian men believed to be connected to the alleged assault.

Statement from Local Prosecutor’s Office

The local prosecutor’s office issued a statement acknowledging the ongoing investigation. It outlined the steps being taken, including genetic examinations on the victim and her clothing, gathering witness testimonies, and reviewing neighborhood surveillance footage.

Medical Treatment and Involvement of Irish Police

The woman, following the ordeal, received medical treatment at Bordeaux University Hospital. Additionally, she was interviewed by Irish police officers who are collaborating with the local authorities as part of the World Cup security operation.

Response from Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU)

The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) released a statement expressing their awareness of the concerning news related to an incident involving an Irish supporter in Bordeaux over the weekend. They conveyed their shock and extended their deepest sympathies to the victim. The IRFU emphasized its commitment to ensuring that all fans have a positive experience while supporting the team in France and urged all travelers to exercise caution and look out for each other.

Gardai Defers to French Authorities

The Gardai, the police service of the Republic of Ireland, stated that the investigation into the incident is within the jurisdiction of French police, deferring the matter to the appropriate French authorities.

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