35-year-old man arrested after ‘teenage girl forced into home and sexually assaulted’ in Belfast


Malone Street in South Belfast

A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a teenager.

PSNI confirmed that the suspect was in custody and assisted in the investigation after a 19-year-old woman walked out of a house on Thursday 17 March, on Malone Street in south Belfast, prior to the alleged assault.

A PSNI statement reads, “Investigators from the Public Protection Office investigating the serious sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman on Thursday (17 March) in central Belfast have arrested a man suspected of multiple sex offenders.

It was reported that at around 6 pm a woman was walking near Malone Street when she was forcibly taken to a nearby house and attacked by an unknown man.

A 35-year-old man was arrested in the city this morning and is currently in police custody. Investigative Chief Inspector Carrie Brennan added, “I would like to acknowledge the tremendous courage of this young woman who came forward.

“We assure you that we have specially trained officers who treat victims with sensitivity and respect. We will closely investigate relationships, maintain decisions, and hold all persons involved in any form of violence accountable for their crimes.” I will continue to call anyone who has experienced any form of sexual violence with the police on 101, or the emergency number 999.

Source: Belfastlive


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