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, 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.
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.