TWO Charlton Athletic starlets accused of a sex attack on a Brit tourist in Ibiza could languish in a Spanish jail on remand for years.
Forwards Reeco Hackett-Fairchild, 20, and Karlan Ahearne-Grant, also 20, were arrested on Tuesday after a 19-year-old girl was attacked at a hotel in Cala de Bou, near the party resort of San Antonio.
Paul Edwards – The Sun Charlton professional footballer Recco Hackett -Fairchild arrives at Ibiza court accused of a sexual assault.
Paul Edwards – The Sun Charlton professional footballer Karlan Ahearne Grant arrives at Ibiza court accused of a sexual assault.
The promising pair could face up to 15 years in jail if found guilty of raping her.
An unnamed third British suspect aged 26, who is accused of being the sex attacker, was arrested on Wednesday and also appeared today.
One of the young footballers allegedly held the girl down during the assault while the other filmed it, sources said.
The trio were led into the courthouse in Ibiza town centre in handcuffs by Spanish police.
Paul Edwards – The Sun A third unnamed man was also taken into the court
Recco Hackett -Fairchild pictured in Ibiza earlier this week
Hackett -Fairchild, 20, plays up front for the League One club
PA:Empics Sport Ahearne-Grant has been at Charlton Athletic since he was a youth player
PA:Empics Sport Hackett-Fairchild, far left, celebrates with Ahearne-Grant, second left, after scoring a goal for Charlton
Legal experts told how they could face being banged up on remand for years.
One Spanish lawyer, who did not want to be named, told The Sun: “The time limit for a case to come to court is theoretically two years, but a judge can even extend that period if needed.
“Usually a case like this should be dealt with and be ready to go to trial in six months.”
Sexual aggression charges can carry a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail in Spain if two or more people take part or there is violence.
PA:Empics Sport The duo pictured warming up before a game
Paul Edwards – The Sun Ahearne-Grant was escorted into the club in handcuffs by Spanish Police
Paul Edwards – The Sun Recco Hackett -Fairchild bowed his head as he was taken from the police car to the courtroom
The alleged attack took place after the players partied at the Ocean Beach celeb hangout in San Antonio.
The popular club is run by Gary Lineker’s brother Wayne.
The girl and a female friend met the footballers and agreed to go back to their Cala de Bou hotel with them.
She reported the alleged assault after her parents discovered what had happened.
Premier Sports UK The alleged sex attack took place after the players partied at the Ocean Beach club in San Antonio, according to local paper Periodico de Ibiza.
Alamy The players were arrested after allegedly inviting a young woman and her female friend back to their hotel after meeting them during a night out in San Antonio, Ibiza
A source said: “The third man held is the suspected sex attacker.
“One of the two other men is suspected of holding the woman down during the alleged sex attack and the other of recording it.”
The trio, who were all thought to be on holiday in Ibiza, were quizzed throughout the afternoon by an investigating magistrate behind closed doors.
The hearing could see the magistrate dismiss the case, remand them in custody or release them on bail.
The first two arrests are understood to have happened around 6.40am on Tuesday.
Cala de Bou, which is in the municipality of San Jose, is a popular location for tourists looking to stay somewhere quieter than San Antonio but within easy reach of the party resort.
A Charlton Athletic spokesman said: “The club have been made aware and are looking into this matter.
“Due to the ongoing investigation we will not be commenting any further at this stage.”