Eighth man arrested over ‘gang rape’ of two Brit girls at Italian house party

An eighth man has reportedly been arrested over the alleged gang rape of two British teenage girls on holiday in Italy.

Police had already arrested seven men in connection with the attack at a house party in the town of Marconia di Pisticci. Four were held in custody while another three were bailed.

Italian officials say the two girls have identified an eighth suspect after being shown social media photos of him, the Sun reports.

He was arrested just hours before a fast-tracked trial was about to begin on Saturday, but now Judge Angelo Onorati has decided to adjourn the court until next week.

The teenagers were reportedly attacked after a mob of eight gatecrashed a party in the southern Italian region of Basilicata.

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They were treated in hospital after apparently being raped, punched and kicked by the gang of men on the night of September 7.

Police in Matera said in a statement: "On the night between 7-8 September, in Marconia di Pisticci, sexual violence was committed against two foreign minors who were at a party in a villa.

"The investigative unit of Matera police headquarters has begun investigations in coordination with the public prosecutor's office."

Police named four of the men being held as Michele Massiello, Giuseppe Gargano, Alessandro Zuccaro and Alberto Lopatriello. A further three men were bailed.

All of the men arrested were in their 20s.

CCTV shows the men running from the property after the alleged attack, one of whom appears to be hobbling. One of the girls bit an attacker on the penis in self-defence, local prosecutors said.

Afterwards, the girls went back to where they were staying before alerting the police and receiving medical treatment.

La Gazetta Del Mezzogiorno reports the pair were in "pain, physical pain and shock" when they returned.

According to Sassilive.it, the two first found themselves with two men before a further six arrived.

The four men in custody deny all charges of sexual assault and wounding and have insisted the sex was consensual, although medical tests have revealed the girls were drugged.

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