Irish rugby star among three clubmates charged with gang rape
An Irish rugby star is among three clubmates charged with gang rape, French prosecutors announced yesterday.
Three Grenoble players – Ireland’s Denis Coulson, Rory Grice of New Zealand and France’s Loick Jammes – are accused of attacking a 21-year-old woman in a hotel, reports The Irish Mirror.
The incident is alleged to have taken place after she met them at a nightclub in Bordeaux following their Top 14 defeat by Bordeaux-Begles on March 11.
Coulson, 22, Grice, 27, and 22-year-old Jammes are forbidden from making contact with their accuser and from leaving France.
They must also report to a police station under the terms of their judicial supervision.
Prosecutors said on Tuesday there was “serious or consistent evidence against them which makes their participation likely, as perpetrators or accomplices”.
If found guilty they could be jailed for up to 20 years. Jammes’ lawyer Berard Boulloud said the charge would allow “ access to the case file to put forward a real defence for our respective clients, respecting the presumption of innocence”.
Coulson’s solicitor Cahir O’Higgins issued a statement seen by RTE, saying: “It is an utter disgrace Mr Coulson hasn’t been released from the process.
“Despite the fact he is completely innocent his reputation is being severely and unfairly tarnished.
“Mr Coulson is an extremely mannerly, respectful, law-abiding individual who does not deserve to continue in the process or have his good name besmirched.”
The players were detained on Tuesday after first being questioned in Grenoble on March 22. The alleged victim told cops she met them in a club and went back to their hotel near Bordeaux.
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