The authorities in Antwerp who are investigating a gang-rape involving five men raping two young Dutch women, have arrested four young men on suspicion of gang-raping two Dutch women in a hotel in Antwerp early on Saturday morning. Three of them admitted to being in the hotel, but deny raping the young women. The fourth, Mohamed S., 22, confessed, according to his lawyer.
The two Dutch women, 21 and 22-years-old, went to Antwerp for the weekend, according to the newspaper. On Friday night they visited discotheque Roxy, where rapper Ronnie Flex and a number of Dutch DJ’s performed. At the club, they started chatting with five men. They don’t remember much more of the night, they told the police. The police believe they were drugged.
When the police arrived, it was discovered that the Dutch women’s phones and money were stolen. The women pressed charges and returned to the Netherlands.
Around 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, one of the men returned to the hotel room looking for the two women. An alert hotel worker recognized him and immediately called the owner. “I immediately came to the hotel”, the owner said, according to AD. “With the help of my dangerous-looking dog, I kept the man there until the police arrived. It was 17 long minutes, but I did not let him leave. Over my dead body.”
According to the lawyer, Mohamed S. confessed when the police questioned him. “At the start of the interrogation he burst into tears. The police confronted him with the victims’ terrible story. What these young women had to undergo for three hours is simply horrific.
Mohamed S. told the police that he and a friend took the young women back to their hotel room around 5:00 a.m. and their two other friends later joined them. According to Mohamed S. “one thing led to another”. He told the police that the women said “stop”, but eventually all four men had sex with them. “They did not really struggle too much. While we were busy, they fell asleep regularly.” When the four men left around 8:00 a.m., the women were sleeping deeply.
Mohamed S. gave the police the names of three of his accomplices – 19-year-old Tijani D. from Temse, 20-year-old Eliel B. from Borgerhout, and 20-year-old Lamine N. from Antwerp. The other three deny raping the women.
Whether the two young women from Leiden were drugged is not yet clear. Mohamed S. denies putting anything in their drinks, but can not speak for his friends. The first blood test results showed that the women did not have rohypnol, a well known date-rape drug, in their systems. The results of more tests are expected in the coming days.