Attempted rape suspects claim to be Algerian minors

Three undocumented migrants arrested on Monday for the violent assault and attempted rape of a young woman in France have claimed to be minors in the hope of greater leniency, it has emerged.

The three suspects were arrested by police on Monday following an attack on a lone 20-year-old woman late on Sunday evening as she walked home in rue Peyrolière, near Pont-Neuf in Toulouse.

The young woman crossed paths with three assailants who reportedly threw her to the ground and beat her. One man allegedly attempted to force her to perform oral sex on him without success, before the trio grabbed her handbag and fled the scene. The victim was transported to Purpan hospital in the French city to be treated for her injuries.

The migrants were arrested in the early hours of Monday morning and during a search of their persons, police discovered the victim’s mobile phone and bank card.

The assailants have since claimed to be Algerian minors, prompting authorities to conduct background checks to ascertain their genuine ages.

The alleged attack is the latest in a long spate of sexual assaults committed by undocumented migrants against women across Europe.

In July, four Afghan migrants were arrested and charged with the rape and murder of a school girl in Austria, sparking uproar across the nation. A month prior, a 69-year-old woman was raped and incapacitated after a burglary by an illegal immigrant.

In Germany, four asylum seekers were jailed for just two years and three months for the rape of a 14-year-old school girl whilst one migrant in France attempted to claim “cultural differences” in mitigation after being found guilty of raping a 12-year-old boy. He argued that child sexual abuse was customary in his homeland of Afghanistan.