British pub toilet rape 'filmed on mobile phones'



Jun 3, 2003
June 18 2003

The rape of a woman in the toilets of a British pub was filmed by onlookers using their video mobile phones, it emerged yesterday.

Sussex police said the 27-year-old was attacked "while not in a fit state to refuse or resist" when she was out in the south coast town of Brighton celebrating a friend's birthday.

She was found collapsed on the floor, semi-conscious, incoherent and partly clothed in the men's toilets at the Toad at the Picture House pub in East Street.

Brighton and Hove CID are investigating the possibility that she had been drugged.

Police said the woman had been approached by two men prior to the attack and later walked past them and into the men's toilets.

She was then forced into one of the cubicles and raped.

Police inquiries have established that other men, probably not connected to the two suspects, watched the rape and it is believed some recorded it using hi-tech mobile video phones.

CCTV footage has been seized from the pub and detectives are considering releasing images of potential witnesses in a bid to catch the attackers.
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