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Two teen brothers charged with rape of 17-year-old girl

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Gardai seal off an area near the beach in Courtown last July

Gardai seal off an area near the beach in Courtown last July

Gardai seal off an area near the beach in Courtown last July

Two teenage brothers have been charged with the rape of a 17-year-old girl at a popular Wexford holiday resort last summer.

The brothers - aged 15 and 17 years old - are not from Wexford and appeared before Judge Brian O'Shea at Wexford District Court.

Both appeared having been arrested by gardai yesterday morning at their home and charged with counts of rape.

They are charged with the rape of the teenage girl at a time unknown between the late evening of last July 27 and the early hours of last July 28 at the Burrow area of Courtown Harbour.

Judge O'Shea was told that the matter will be dealt with by the Central Criminal Court.

Gardai objected to bail on the basis of the serious nature of the charges involved.

Judge O'Shea was told that both brothers were being represented by defence solicitor Chris Hogan. The mother of the two boys was also in court for the hearing.

Objecting

The arresting gardai involved, Garda Jacinta Gordon and Garda Gavin Tracey, both confirmed that gardai were formally objecting to bail.

In outlining the case to the court, Gda Tracey said it will be alleged that the 17-year-old girl involved had become separated from her friends on the evening in question.

As she attempted to locate her friends, it will be alleged she came across five teenage youths some distance outside the Wexford seaside resort.

It will be alleged that the teenage girl was then held down and raped by two of those youths. Judge O'Shea was told the younger brother was 14 years old at the time of the alleged incident but is now 15.

The older brother is currently 17 but will turn 18 years very shortly.

The court heard the garda investigation involved extensive CCTV security camera footage, DNA tests and multiple statements.

Remand

Mr Hogan said his clients were seeking a remand on bail pending further court hearings.

However, Gda Gordon and Gda Tracey said there were serious objections to a remand on bail.

Sergeant Gary Rayner confirmed to the court that accommodation was currently available at Oberstown Detention Centre for both the accused.

Judge O'Shea noted that the charges before the court could scarcely be more serious.

He remanded both teens in custody.

Both will appear again before Wexford District Court on May 25 when gardai will confirm the status of the book of evidence in the case.

The book of evidence in the matter is understood to be at an advanced state of preparation by Wexford gardai.

The court was told that the alleged incident had attracted an enormous amount of media publicity last year.