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Six teens on trial for Stockholm gang rape

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13:48 CEST+02:00
Six teenage boys aged 15 to 17 are facing trial for raping a 15-year-old girl in a north-western suburb of Stockholm in March.

The prosecution will argue that one of the boys handed out condoms to the other five as they agreed to take turns raping the girl in the Stockholm suburb Tensta, Sveriges Radio (SR) reported.

Charges have been filed against five of the boys for aggravated rape, while the sixth boy faces a charge of attempted aggravated rape.

Although a witness claimed to have overheard the boys planning the rape, the teens have denied all the allegations made against them. Several witnesses have also stated that the girl was "completely torn up" when she told them about what happened, saying she was sad and frightened.

Besides DNA and data from two of the boys' phones, police have not published further details about any further evidence.

While attack rapes are statistically rare in Sweden, with sexual violence between people who are already acquainted dominating reports to the police, the current case is the third suspected gang rape in the Stockholm area in recent months.

In late January, three men, two of whom were teenagers, were ordered held on remand on suspicion of raping a woman in central Stockholm in December. In mid-January, a woman reported being attacked and raped by five men in Sundbyberg, just west of Stockholm.

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