Four from Royal Agricultural Uni in court for raping girl at summer ball

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Four boys from the prestigious Royal Agricultural University are in court accused of raping a girl at their summer ball.

The alleged attack is said to have happened on May 24 at the Royal Agricultural University, whose President is Prince Charles.

Thady Duff, 22 of Blunsdon, Wiltshire, and Leo Mahon, 20, of Cirencester, each face four charges of rape and one of assault by penetration.

Patrick Foster ( left), Thady Duff (3rd from the left) and Leo Mahon (Second from right) Other men with folders are legal advisors arrive at Gloucester Crown Court, Gloucestershire. 06 August 2015. Four farming students appeared in court accused of raping a female student at the summer ball of a prestigious agricultural university. See swns story SWRAPE. James Martin, 19, Patrick Foster, 21, Thady Duff, 22, and Leo Mahon, 20 were students at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, Glos. on May 24 this year, when the alleged incident took place. The public gallery at Gloucester Crown Court was packed with friends and family of the young men, who spoke only to confirm their names. A further hearing has been scheduled for December 18, when the original charges are expected to be changed. Patrick Foster, from Colchester, Essex and Martin, of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, had originally each been charged with two offences of rape and one of assault by penetration. Duff, of Blunsdon, Swindon and Mahon, of Cirencester, Glos., were facing four offences of rape and one of assault by penetration. Duff had also been charged with one count of sexual assault and possession of extreme pornographic films. All four men have been released on bail to appear in court on December 18.

Patrick Foster ( left), Thady Duff (3rd from the left) and Leo Mahon (Second from right) Other men with folders are legal advisors arrive at Gloucester Crown Court. 

Patrick Foster, 21, from Colchester, Essex and James Martin, 19, of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, are each charged with two offences of rape and one of assault by penetration.

Duff has also been charged with one count of sexual assault and possession of extreme pornographic films.

The public gallery was packed with friends and family of the young men who spoke only to confirm their names during the short hearing at Gloucester Crown Court.

A further hearing has been scheduled for December 18 and all four defendants were released on bail.

James Martin arrives at Gloucester Crown Court,

James Martin arrives at Gloucester Crown Court,

They were also banned from entering the buildings or grounds of the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, unless by prior arrangement.

They were further told they could not go to the Rava nightclub or Tunnel House Inn in Cirencester.

A provisional trial date was scheduled for March next year.

 

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