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Two teens sexually assaulted at music festival

The Local · 28 Jun 2016, 16:00

Published: 28 Jun 2016 16:00 GMT+02:00

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The high-profile Danube Island Festival in the Austrian capital of Vienna was overshadowed by an alleged sexual assault by two Eastern European men and the death of an asylum seeker who jumped into the river to cool off - and drowned.

The two 15-year-old girls claimed they were sexually assaulted by two 20-year old men from Eastern Europe.

On the basis of the allegations the Austrian Police took the two men - one Slovakian and one Hungarian national - into custody, but released them a day later saying that there were contradictions in the girls’ stories.

The two schoolgirls said they had been sitting on the banks of the river when they were approached by the two men, and were intimidated into drinking orange juice which left them feeling unsteady on their feet.

One of the girls then complained that she had passed out and seeing that the girl was being "massively sexually assaulted", her friend had run for help.

However the local police chief said he doubted the girls’ story saying: "There is no [evidence of] rape, and no proof of any spiked drinks".

He said that the girls were drunk, and that the men had not been the ones supplying alcohol, but added: "Nevertheless, an investigation into a possible case of sexual harassment against the two men has started."

The organisers also had other problems. On the way to the concert, an 18-year old man from Gambia drowned when he jumped into the river to cool off.

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The asylum seeker died on his way to the hospital. One day before the concert, a body washed up near the Donaumarina underground station.

At the Neue Donau tube station, a group of youngsters attacked the police when they were asked not to block the station exits. Three policemen had to seek medical attention for their injuries.

Story courtesy of Central European News

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