- The 19-year-old tourist said she was forced to have sex in Albufeira nightspot
- She told police her alleged attacker gave her a drink which made her feel ill
- Suspect raped her after pretending to aid her as she came out of the toilets
- Unnamed Portuguese barman been released on bail as investigation continues
Police have arrested an Algarve barman on suspicion of raping a teenage British holidaymaker.
The 19-year-old tourist told detectives she was forced to have sex at a nightspot in the popular resort of Albufeira after having her drink spiked.
Officers from Portugual’s Policia Judiciaria force confirmed the arrest in a statement, saying: ‘The PJ has identified and arrested a man suspected of a rape which allegedly took place in the early hours of April 18 inside a bar in Albufeira.
The incident was reported to have taken place at Meet, a popular expat and holidaymakers’ bar famed for its cocktails.
‘The suspect, on the pretext of helping the woman, allegedly took her to a back room of the bar where the sex attack is said to have taken place.’
‘The arrested man is 28 years old.’
The teenager is understood to told police her alleged attacker gave her a drink which made her feel ill – and raped her after pretending to aid her as she came out of the toilets but taking her to a storage room instead.
She alerted officers from the GNR police the night of the incident who got the PJ force involved.
The suspect was arrested on Wednesday after the teenager underwent a medical examination at Faro Hospital.
The results of the tests have not been revealed.
The unnamed barman, who is Portuguese, was released on bail pending an ongoing criminal investigation after appearing before a judge in a closed court hearing.
Police in Albufeira (pictured) arrested a 28-year-old man after the alleged rape
The British teenager was taken to Faro hospital (pictured) after she claimed she was raped
He was told he must sign on regularly at court as part of his bail conditions.
Portuguese police did not name the nightspot where the Brit holidaymaker was allegedly raped.
Respected Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha named it as Meet, a popular expat and holidaymakers’ bar famed for its cocktails.
No-one was available for comment at the nightspot, located in the centre of Albufeira’s Old Town in an area teeming with pubs, bars and restaurants.