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Gardai probe alcohol link in teen rape

ALCOHOL may have been a factor in the alleged rape of a 15-year-old schoolgirl at a Dublin nightclub.

Gardai investigating an alleged rape at south Dublin nightclub Tramco have evidence that a sexual incident did occur between two underage teenagers but are yet to determine if it was consensual or not, the Herald understands.

And officers are trying to establish to what extent alcohol was involved in the incident.

No alcohol was served at the club, but it's reported that teens were drinking near the Rathmines club before the event.

A 14-year-old boy who was quizzed over the rape of a 15-year-old-girl was released without charge on Saturday and a file on the case is being prepared for the DPP. A source explained: "Alcohol was also a factor in all this.

"A sexual incident did happen and the issue which now needs to be clarified is whether there was consent for this to happen.

"The boy says there was consent and the girl says there wasn't."

The alleged rape occurred at an alcohol-free disco in the Tramco nightclub in Rathmines last Thursday night. The girl and boy are from different parts of south Dublin and do not attend the same school. The boy and girl will most likely be reinterviewed by gardai a number of times before a decision is made to bring the case to court.

Staff and other revellers heard screaming coming from a cubicle in the male toilets at Tramco at about 11pm.

When security staff rushed in to investigate, they found the boy and girl had been in a cubicle. The girl was distressed.

Staff held the boy while the girl was taken by other staff to a quiet room.

The girl alleged she had been raped while in the cubicle. Gardai were alerted and the Junior Cert disco was cancelled. Gardai took the alleged victim to nearby Rathmines Garda Station and the boy was arrested.