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Rape attempt on British tourist

A 23-YEAR old Portuguese man has been arrested and ordered by a judge at Portimão court to present himself regularly to the authorities following an alleged attempted rape of a 19-year old British tourist in Praia da Rocha, Portimão at the end of last month.

It is reported that two bouncers from the Katedral night club in Praia da Rocha stopped the attempted assault, which took place around 5am on May 30 near the beach.

“I had seen the girl in the bar and she was so drunk that I advised her to sit down,” one of the bouncers, who asked not to be named, told Portuguese national newspaper Correio da Manhã,  adding: “She left the club and moments later I saw her walk past with the man, towards the steps.”

The bouncer said that he tried to alert the man to the fact that the girl was not well, but said he was ignored.

“Moments later I heard screams and I ran towards the sound,” said the bouncer.

He said that he pulled the man off the English tourist and called for his colleague to catch him as he ran up the stairs, before calling the PSP police.

“The girl was in a dreadful state, she had blood on her face,” he said, adding that the man, who he said is a regular in the area, did not show signs of being drunk.


A spokesman for the PSP told The Resident: “After the PSP police arrived, the man was remanded in custody, while the victim was taken at around 5.30am to Barlavento hospital in an INEM ambulance.” There, the victim was examined and treated for facial injuries.

The following day, the English tourist left the hospital and gave evidence at the Portimão PSP station.

After the case was presented to Portimão court on June 1, the alleged attacker was ordered to present himself to the police at regular intervals.

The British consulate in Portimão declined to comment on the matter. No one from the British Embassy in Lisbon had been made available to comment on this matter by the time The Resident went to press.

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