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Girl 'beaten and raped'.

A GIRL of 14 has claimed she was viciously beaten and raped near a town centre where thousands of people were attending a street party.

The shocked girl told gardai she was grabbed by a man and pulled down a lane where the brutal sex assault took place.

The attack is alleged to have taken place in Arklow Arklow (är`klō), town (1991 pop. 7,987), Co. Wicklow, E Republic of Ireland, on St. George's Channel at the mouth of the Avoca River. The town has become a popular resort and has a small fishing port. , Co Wicklow, during the Carlsberg Seabreeze festival.

Supt Pat Finlay of Gorey Garda station, who is leading the inquiry, confirmed an investigation is under way into the alleged attack on Saturday afternoon.

It is understood the girl has been medically examined and interviewed. An area near the town known as Coomey's Lane was sealed off for forensic Belonging to courts of justice.

forensic 1) adj. from Latin forensis for "belonging to the forum," ancient Rome's site for public debate, and currently meaning pertaining to the courts.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 21, 2004
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