Friend of Briton ‘gang-raped’ in Faliraki flees hotel in tears
Friend of ‘gang-raped’ British woman in Faliraki fled in tears ‘after one of the alleged rapists tried to kiss her’, leaving her boyfriend alone with them, hotel staff reveal
- A Briton claimed she and her friends met the group of up to eight Belgians at a nightclub in the seaside resort of Faliraki in the early hours of Sunday
- The alleged victim said the men took her and her friends back to the hotel
- She claimed the group of men attacked her and gang-raped her in a hotel room
The friend of a British woman who claims to have been gang-raped in a Greek hotel fled in tears minutes before the alleged attack, staff have revealed.
Two British women arrived at the Mon Repos hotel in Faliraki, on the holiday island of Rhodes, shortly after 3 a.m. on Sunday with four Belgian men before going to a second-floor room together, staff said .
But one of the women reappeared shortly after – crying and saying one of the men had tried to kiss her, according to hotel owner Efthymios Kovaios.
The woman left the hotel, Mr Kovaios added, leaving his 31-year-old friend alone with the men for around 40 minutes, when the alleged attack took place.
A 31-year-old Briton claims she was raped by Belgian men at a hotel in Faliraki, on the Greek holiday island of Rhodes (file image)
Mr Kovaios said a member of staff came up to the room in question after the first woman left and knocked on the door to make sure everything was okay.
But “everything seemed fine,” Mr Kovaios added, so the staff member left.
The second woman then emerged and got into a taxi to return to her own hotel shortly after and did not appear to be in distress, Mr Kovaios said.
She has since told police that she had consensual sex with one of the men in the group on the hotel balcony and inside the bedroom.
That’s when her friend left the room, she said.
But at some point after her friend left other men in the group – whom she estimated between five and eight people, aged between 30 and 35 – got involved.
The alleged victim said the group of five to eight Belgian men, believed to be between 30 and 35 years old, then took her and her friends back to their hotel room in Faliraki.
She told the police that they forced themselves on her and gang-raped her.
The woman told police she ran away from the hotel and took a taxi back to the hotel where she was staying.
She reported the alleged gang rape to police Monday morning at 7 a.m. local time.
Police opened an investigation and have since arrested four Belgian suspects, who have not been named.
The British woman identified the four men as her alleged rapists.
Investigators took DNA samples from the four men.
Mr Kovaios said he also gave investigators CCTV footage from the hotel, which he said shows the woman kissing one of her alleged attackers.
“Everything was very normal and they both looked happy. They kissed passionately, she got in a taxi and went home,” he claimed.