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Saturday 19 August 2017

Gardai probe alleged rape after woman left popular Dublin nightclub

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Ken Foy

Gardai are investigating an alleged rape in Dublin city centre at about 2am yesterday.

Pearse Street gardai are probing an incident that took place near St Andrew's Lane, in the Dame Street area of the capital.

Sources said the alleged victim, a woman aged in her early 20s, left a nightclub with a man but was attacked shortly after leaving the popular nightspot.

It is understood that the woman then went home in a distressed state and gardai were notified later yesterday morning.

The woman was then taken to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit of a Dublin hospital where she was examined before being released.

Gardai have not yet identified the man who is alleged to have raped the young woman, but are confident of doing so because of good CCTV coverage in the area.

Last night, officers were examining footage in an attempt to identify the man.

In these type of cases, specialist gardai often use the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (Viclas), a computer programme developed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the early 1990s to compare different crimes for similarities.

Sources say that Viclas is "especially useful" for investigating random sexual assault or rape cases as it uses behavioural analysis, traditional lines of inquiry and geographical profiling.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) said last year that gardai recorded 2,442 sex offences - a rise of 13pc in the 12 months from June 2015 to June 2016.

The latest CSO figures show that, in 2014, reported sexual offences were down 18pc on 2010 but up 3pc on 2013.

Fewer than half of reported sexual offences (47pc) in 2014 resulted in criminal proceedings, which was the lowest rate since 2010 and represented the continuation of a downward trend.

In 2010, there were 2,324 reported rapes, with 1,524 leading to criminal proceedings, while in 2014 there were 1,894 reported rapes, of which 878 led to criminal proceedings.

Convicted

The alleged rape early yesterday happened as the Herald revealed that more CCTV cameras are set to be introduced on Dublin's most popular party streets, months after a man was convicted of rape after CCTV footage was examined.

A review by gardai of coverage in Dublin's south inner city at the end of last year found a need for "greater CCTV coverage".

Among the streets to benefit from the additional cameras are Harcourt Street, Camden Street and Montague Street, which is next to the lane where a woman was left with severe injuries after she was attacked.

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