Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Five held after British tourist drugged, gang-raped in Italy

Five held after British tourist drugged, gang-raped in Italy

Italian police on Monday acted to execute warrants for the arrest of five people over the gang rape of a British tourist on the Sorrento Peninsula in October 2016, sources said.

Two barman allegedly gave the 50-year-old woman and her daughter a drink laced with a date-rape drug.

She was taken to a pool house, where she was abused by two barmen who gave her the spiked drink, and then moved to a staff room where several men took advantage of her.

DNA samples were taken and blood tests confirmed that the woman had been given drugs around the time the alleged attack took place.

Investigators also discovered a sick social media group in which some of the attackers were said to have discussed the rape.

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Sorrento is a popular tourist destination in the south of Italy for its views of the Bay of Naples and access to the Amalfi Coast and island of Capri.

The crime was reported by the victim upon her return to Kent, England.

Medical examinations conducted in the United Kingdom showed she had been under the influence of the date rape drug when she was attacked.

Officers in the United Kingdom contacted their Italian counterparts, who have since been working to identify all of the men allegedly involved.

"Once the first attack had finished, the woman was handed over to another hotel employee, who led her into a room used by staff members where an unknown number of men were waiting for her", police said in a statement.

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