By Euro Weekly News Media • 30 September 2011 • 16:13
POLICE say they will question a woman who allegedly witnessed an attempted ‘rape’ in Benalmadena Costa, but did nothing.
The British girl, aged 18, had lived in Spain all her life and was familiar with the area.
She was walking back from Plaza SolyMar, known as ‘24-hour square’ in the early hours of the morning when she noticed a man was following her.
“He asked her twice to ‘wait’ in English, instead she ran, but he grabbed her and put his hand over her mouth,” the victim’s mother told EWN. “She fought back with all her might and shouted out to a woman who was watching in a nearby apartment to ‘help’ her in both Spanish and English, but the woman did nothing”.
Her assailant “must have given up as she was hitting him over the head as much as she could, so he let her go and she ran off”. “She called 112 Emergency services and they arrived within minutes and were wonderful.
They took her to the clinic and then a detective brought her to the police station to make the report.”
When she told them about the witness who she pleaded with to help her, “they were shocked and disgusted that someone would just stand by and not even make a phone call to the police” the victim’s mother said, adding police said they would be questioning her.
The teen escaped her ordeal with only bruising, but her assailant is still on the loose. Police are investigating three surveillance cameras that could lead to the arrest of the attacker.
The man has been described as having dark hair and skin, aged 24 – 29, around 5ft4 and well-built, but not muscular. He was wearing shorts and a white shirt at the time.
“Officers told us that just the night before another man had been arrested on similar charges,” said the teen’s mother. Women are being advised to not walk alone at night and to contact the police if they see anything suspicious.
By Nicole Hallett
CAPTION: ASSAULTED: The British teenager was attacked on her way home from Solymar in Benalmadena
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