A British teenager told a court that she and a friend were brutally raped by eight men while on vacation in Italy.
The two 15-year-olds, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were allegedly attacked at a party by a group that had carried out a “gate crash” in Pisticci.
Tests showed the girls were reportedly drugged prior to the attack, which lasted 15 minutes.
The horror ordeal ended when one of the victims bit an attacker, reports say.
The police described the incident as “brutal and extreme”.
The hearing took place in Matera on Saturday.
A source at the hearing said The sun: ” Both girls showed determination and courage as they faced the men who were accused of assaulting them.
“Only one spoke and she testified for a long time and told the horror of what happened that night.”
Lawyer Giuseppe Rago, who represents the girls, said: “Both of my clients clearly told the court that they recognized their attackers.”
The men between 19 and 23 years of age are accused of sexual violence and injuries.
They all deny the charges and insist that the girls agree.
Four of the accused are in custody and the others are on bail.
A judge adjourned the hearing until today when the second girl is expected to testify.