Gardaí probe vicious sex attack on schoolgirl
Gardaí are investigating a serious sexual assault in south Dublin during which a 14-year-old girl was violently attacked.
The vulnerable young victim, who has been described as having a learning disability, was set upon in the Ashgrove estate in Springfield, Tallaght, shortly after 4pm on Monday.
Specialist officers from the Child Protection Unit based in Tallaght garda station were last night interviewing the traumatised victim.
Sources have said that investigating detectives are following a definite line of inquiry and described the incident as a random attack.
"Officers will work tirelessly to track down the perpetrator of this particularly heinous crime.
"It was an extremely serious sexual assault on a vulnerable victim and investigators are following a definitive line of inquiry in the case," the source said.
"It was a random attack. The victim is very shaken, to say the least, and local specialist officers are conducting interviews with the victim and residents in the area."
Local gardaí will also liaise with officers from the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Investigation Unit, based in Harcourt Square, which provides advice, guidance and assistance to gardaí investigating crimes of a sexual nature.
The teenage victim was taken to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in the Rotunda Hospital following the horrifying ordeal, where she was treated for her injuries.
The scene of the alleged attack, adjacent to St Mark's GAA Club was preserved by gardaí throughout Monday and yesterday as detectives carried out searches of the area.
Local Fianna Fáil councillor Charlie O'Connor, who is a former resident of the Ashgrove estate, described how locals were "absolutely appalled" by the incident and appealed for anyone with information to contact gardaí.
"It is an extremely shocking thing to happen. I'd like to extend my sympathies to the victim and her family during this traumatic time," Mr O'Connor said.
He added: "I used to live in the estate, and from talking to locals I can say that the people are absolutely appalled by what has happened.
"I would like to ask anyone with any information to get in touch with Tallaght garda station. They have a dedicated team who will be working non-stop to solve this awful crime."