Lisbon police are hunting a second alleged taxi driver rapist after a young Austrian student has become the latest victim of a late-night attack.
The question on investigators’ minds is ‘could this incident be connected to a similar rape allegation made in June?’.
For now, forensic tests are underway as detectives study the route taken by the cab after it picked up the young woman from the Bairro Alto bar district in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The problem in this case is that the 25-year-old – a student on the European Erasumus exchange programme – cannot describe her attacker.
Very much like the victim of the June attack, the young woman was so traumatised that her account has been hazy, reports national tabloid Correio da Manhã.
All that police can be sure of is that she entered the taxi at 4am, and that it then stopped in an isolated spot of the Monsanto forest, where the attack took place.
The student managed to stumble for help afterwards, and was taken by ambulance to Hospital de Santa Maria, and then on to the Institute for Legal Medicine, where a rape examination was undertaken.
A difference in the two attacks is that in the first the victim’s iPhone was taken, but in this latest one, no personal possessions were stolen.