British tourist, 32, is ‘sexually assaulted in a taxi on way back to her hotel after meeting a man on a night out in Rhodes’
- Brit, 32, was enjoying a night at a bar in Lindos Wednesday last week
- There she met a man with whom she decided to share a taxi back to her hotel
- She alleged he forced his hand down her shorts and assaulted her in the taxi
- Greek police opened a sexual assault case and are searching for the taxi driver to give a witness statement
A British tourist was sexually assaulted in the back seat of a taxi last week after a night out on the Greek island of Rhodes, according to reports.
The 32-year-old woman was at a bar in Lindos on the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands last Wednesday, where she met a man and decided to leave with him.
The pair piled into the back of a taxi and were headed to the tourist’s hotel in Pefkos when the unnamed man began groping her.
She later informed police from the 1st Directorate of the Dodecanese that the man forced his hands down her shorts and underwent a physical exam.
The Rhodes prosecutor’s office has filed a case against the alleged attacker, while police are searching for the taxi driver so he can provide a statement.
The 32-year-old woman was at a bar in Lindos (pictured) on the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands last Wednesday, where she met a man and decided to leave with him
The sexual assault claim comes a month after another Briton alleged she was raped in a violent attack in Western Greece.
The female victim, 24, told police that a local man violently tugged her hair before raping her at a secluded beach in the city of Palairos on Friday, August 19.
Officers arrested a 26-year-old male suspect the next day following a manhunt but Greek authorities released the suspect the following week pending further investigation.
Authorities said the woman had returned to the UK after levelling charges against a young man she met at a local bar, frequented mainly by British holidaymakers in western Greece.
She and friends were vacationing at the Neilson Vounaki Beachclub in Paleros.
The two met the same night, introduced by one of the victim’s female friends, also vacationing in the region.
The British tourist claimed she had gone for a walk on a nearby beach with the man following a night out at a local pub when he raped her.
A 24-year-old British tourist claims a man forced her to have sex with him near a bar in Palairos, western Greece, on Friday, August 19 (file image)
Police arrested a 26-year-old suspect near Palairos following a manhunt but released him shortly after after an investigating magistrate found ‘no compelling grounds’ to keep him detained
Details of the assailant were not divulged, the man’s lawyer said, adding that an investigating magistrate released his client on Monday after hearing his testimony and ‘finding no compelling grounds to keep him detained pending trial.’
‘The only damning allegation he faces is the charge made by the alleged victim,’ he said.
‘But even that,’ Masouras quipped, ‘is quickly being knocked down by a line of unbiased facts presented before the investigating magistrate, who moved to release him pending trial.’
The 24-year-old victim was not reachable for comment, nor have authorities confirmed her details.