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Paphos police confirm investigating rape claim (Updated)  

Paphos police HQ

Paphos police on Sunday confirmed they are investigating a reported case of rape and robbery involving a British tourist following conflicting media reports about the case.

According to CNA, police received information Sunday morning about a woman staying at a hotel in Paphos who may have been a victim of rape earlier in the night in the Paphos area.

The incident was reported to police by a hotel employee who had been informed by the alleged victim’s friend. From police investigations so far, it appears that the victim does not remember what happened, according to CNA. It did appear that the woman had lost some of her belongings, police confirmed.

Phileleftheros reported earlier that the woman, 27, and a friend had left a nightclub in Kato Paphos in the early hours and were offered a ride back to their hotel by two people passing by in a car.

According to the report, the woman’s friend was forced under threat at some point to get out of the car.

The reported victim told police, it said, that she had been taken to a remote place where she was raped by one of the men in the car and then returned to her hotel and being robbed of her bag and mobile phone when they let her out of the car.

The report said the woman’s friend confirmed her account of what had happened up to when she was forced to leave the car.

The 27-year-old was taken to Paphos hospital where doctors found bruising and other marks on various parts of her body, the report said.

It said investigations had been launched to identify the vehicle and persons involved.

Sigmalive reported that a woman had reported to hotel staff that her friend had been raped and robbed and briefed the police who launched an investigation. However, it said the alleged victim did not remember anything from the night in question.


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