Picture: Four Italians accused of gang-raping two British teenagers


Four Italian men accused of gang-raping two British teenagers at a party where guests have requested one of the girls ‘uncle’ not to call the police.

The two were arrested on Monday after the alleged rape of girls, aged between 19 and 23, in Marconia Pi Pisici, southern Italy.

Four other people are believed to have been involved in the alleged attack, which was described as a ‘brutal and excessive attack’.

La Repubblica reported that Michele Massiello, 23, Giuseppe Gargano, 19, Alessandro Zuccaro, 21 and Alberto Lopatillo, 22, have been placed in custody on suspicion of sexual violence.

Picture: 22-year-old suspect Alberto Lopatrillo

Picture: 21-year-old suspect Alessandro Zuccaro

Picture: 21-year-old suspect Alessandro Zuccaro

Another three persons have reportedly been granted bail.

The Italian media has today described the men who live in the city and allegedly gate-crashed Villa Bash, known as ‘well-known bulls and thugs’.

The victims confirmed the identity of their alleged attackers after looking at their social media profiles.

In a statement, one of the teenagers reminded him to order a drink before being introduced to another by a stranger he met at the party, Sun reported.

Picture: Suspected Giuseppe Gargano

Picture: Suspected Giuseppe Gargano

Urine samples have confirmed that both victims were intoxicated in the alleged attack.

One of the girls said: ‘I had not intentionally taken any drugs, but I think someone put something in my other drink because I felt weird after drinking it.

‘I told them to stop. I was screaming in English let me go. He took off his trousers and I tried to defend myself by cutting off one’s penis.

‘I noticed that one of them was trying to film it on his phone.’

The girls were put on a flight to return home to school in Northern England, following the alleged incident in an upmarket villa on the day in the area which is one of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations.

The uncle of one of the victims went to the party after the attack, where guests begged him not to call the police or it would ruin the party, the Sun reports.

A Mater Prosecutor Angelo Onorati said the men’s arrest was ordered “in devious ways, due to the brutality, severity and vandalism of the violence that can be repeated against other women.”

Investigators said yesterday that the girls attended the party with another female guest, but were approached by two suspects shortly after they arrived.

Authorities are investigating reports that a group of uninvited boys then made their way to the party and allegedly attacked the girls.

The local police said in a statement on Thursday, “On the night of September 7-8 in Marconia Pystic, there was sexual violence against two foreign minors who were at a party.”

This frame grab, made up of video surveillance released yesterday by Italian police, shows a group of people walking towards the dark corner of a garden in a villa

This frame grab, made up of video surveillance released yesterday by Italian police, shows a group of people walking towards the dark corner of a garden in a villa

‘The investigation unit of the Matera Police Headquarters has started an investigation in coordination with the office of the government advocate.

The two girls were allegedly punched and kicked before being raped by more than one person during the party.

News website Sasilev said the alleged attack occurred in the early hours of Monday, when ‘the girls were attacked by a flock of eight boys behind a bush near where the party took place’.

The teen was able to return it to his residence, where he told the female guest what had happened.

Police were alerted and the two girls were taken to a hospital in Matera, about 40 miles away.

The pair were treated in shock and traces were found on their bodies. According to the report, he has since been discharged from the hospital.

Four people have been arrested in the alleged gang rape case.  Above, police officers take pictures of a young man taken into custody

Four people have been arrested in the alleged gang rape case. Above, police officers take pictures of a young man taken into custody

Four people have been arrested after the alleged rape of two British girls on the night of 7 September.  Attacked in a villa in Marconia Pistiki, a small seaside town in southern Italy (pictured)

Four people have been arrested after the alleged rape of two British girls on the night of 7 September. Attacked in a villa in Marconia Pistiki, a small seaside town in southern Italy (pictured)

Giuseppe Rago, an advocate for the girls, said the alleged violence against them was ‘unprecedented’.

‘They are girls with a strong character, they are listened to by their families wholeheartedly and believe in the work of justice.

He said he hopes to recover soon and forget what happened. We would never have thought that such wickedness could happen here. ‘

According to local paper La Gazeta del Mezogiero, 12,000 residents of Marconia are in a state of shock, calling it a ‘highly embarrassing’ case.

The town’s mayor, Viviana Vary, said in a statement, ‘This is the moment in which our sense of community must emerge strongly, a healthy community that should not be nor should be habituated to such episodes.

‘because of this reason [witnesses] Can’t stand up [and must] Help investigators to end this affair. ‘

A fast-track trial is scheduled to take place next week and is attended by family members of the teen.

Those involved deny the allegations.

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