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Irish Independent
Irish Independent
Gerard Couzens

Irishman among five arrested over sex attacks and weapons find in Costa del Sol

Puerto Banus. Stock photo

Police have reportedly arrested five men including an Irishman suspected of drugging and sexually abusing a 16-year-old English girl and a 20-year-old woman in a Costa del Sol house where weapons were found.

An SOS call from the teenager is said to have sparked the police response which ended with the five arrests and hospital for the two females as well as the seizure of weapons including a machete, a pistol and a submachine gun.

The English youngster was found naked, wrapped in a blanket and “very frightened” in one of the bedrooms of the house in the upmarket resort of Puerto Banus near Marbella, Spanish daily El Mundo reported.

She told police she was in a nightclub and had a hazy memory of getting into a car with two men but remembers nothing else.

The 20-year-old British man arrested is said to have broken his ankle after jumping from a first-floor window of the property to try to escape police, and the Irishman held near party-spot the Ocean Club in Puerto Banus after a chase.

Police, who are yet to make any official comment, received the alarm call around 5am on Sunday from a female friend of the English girl.

She told police her pal had phoned her “crying and distressed” claiming she was with several men who had weapons before the line went dead.

When she rang her back she could hear a man asking the tearful girl for the PIN number of her mobile phone, according to the El Mundo report.

Police accessed the property where they made most of the arrests after spotting a pistol and a knife on an outside table terrace and seeing youngsters in a room inside said to have ignored officers’ requests to let them in.

A police officer is understood to have been injured during a struggle which ended with the arrest of the unnamed Irish youngster and an Iranian suspect.

The British detainee was taken to hospital after two other men described as a Moroccan and a Finnish 17-year-old were held inside the house.

The second woman rescued by police has been described as a Lithuanian 20-year-old found semi-naked and “drowsy” in bed beside a weapon believed to be a Thompson sub-machine gun.

She also told police a similar story to the English girl, saying she remembered being in a nightclub and getting in a vehicle to go to another bar, but nothing after that.

It was not immediately clear on Monday morning if the two females knew each other and had been out partying together, and whether they were on holiday or live in the area.

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