Men ‘drew cards’ to rape teenage girl - court told

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Three men allegedly drew from a deck of cards to determine which of them was going to rape a 13-year-old girl first, a court in Derry has been told.

The disclosure was made by a police officer during the appearance on Thursday of three local men who appeared in custody charged with committing a combined total of 36 sex offences against two young girls and a young boy.

The three, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were arrested during a police operation in the city on Wednesday and kept overnight in Limavady and Strabane police stations.

They are alleged to have committed the offences over a 26 year period from 1972 to 1998. The offences they are charged with include rape, buggery, inciting children under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity, incest, cruelty to a child, making indecent photographs of children and gross indecency with children.

The investigating officer told District Judge Barney McElholm that one of the alleged victims told the police that the defendants “took turns to rape her.

They used playing cards to decide who would rape her first. She alleged she was raped by two of the defendants at the same time.

The officer said the complainant also alleged that some of the offences took place at family parties as the defendants watched pornographic videos while she was made to “sit naked in a corner of the room”.

Other offences allegedly took place at a holiday camp.

The officer said that further inquiries had yet to be made “with other potential victims”.

The three defendants were remanded in custody for a video link hearing on June 28.