A 21-year-old Portuguese bridegroom was arrested by PJ police as he made his way to the registry office to get married. At issue was a complaint alleging rape, made by a 16-year-old girl two years ago.

Since that time, the young man has been “living in England”, say reports.

He returned to get married, and was “surprised by inspectors of the PJ as he set out for the Civil Registry” in Viana do Castelo.

Also detained was the young man’s father, aged 40.

Both men are suspected of having raped the 16 year old after a party.