Thursday 18 December 2014

Knocked-out carjack victim awake and recovering – family

Published 23/04/2014 | 02:30

The scene of the carjacking at Argyle House, Dublin. Inset: Liz Turley
Liz Turley

A WOMAN who was knocked unconscious during a daylight carjacking is making a slow recovery in hospital.

The family of Liz Turley (59) are shocked by the savage attack that happened close to her Dublin 4 home on Monday.

Ms Turley's car was found in Dublin city centre yesterday – just 4km from where it was taken outside the Argyle House complex in the Ballsbridge.

Gardai are still hunting for a man and woman who assaulted her as she tried to prevent them stealing the grey 2003-registered Ford Focus.

In the scuffle Ms Turley approached the driver's side of the car but was pushed away. She then fell and hit her head on the kerb and was knocked unconscious, and sustained serious head injuries.

Ms Turley has since regained consciousness but will remain in St Vincent's Hospital for some time.

A family member told the Irish Independent: "Thankfully Liz is awake again and is making a recovery.

"She didn't require any surgery but she is likely to be kept in for a while. We are just so thankful that she is okay and cannot believe what happened to her."

Her car was driven away towards the city and was found yesterday parked in the Cuffe Street flats complex.

It is understood that the vehicle was fully intact and gardai are hopeful that a forensic examination will yield some clues.

CCTV along the different routes from Ballsbridge to the Cuffe Street flats is also being examined.

Gardai are waiting to interview the victim and no arrests in the matter have been made.

TARGETED

Ms Turley works as senior librarian at the Pembroke Library. She is also a member of the Ballsbridge, Donnybrook and Sandymount Historical Society.

She was targeted as she returned home from an Easter break with family in the west.

A fellow resident of the Argyle House complex described how she was unconscious for a while after the attack and then could not remember her name.

"I immediately called the ambulance and the gardai. She was knocked out. She slowly began to come to, but she could not remember her name," he said.

The neighbour said there was "nothing distinctive" about the look of the two culprits.

Both were in their early 20s and neither had covered their face during the car-jacking.

Investigations are ongoing and witnesses to the incident or anyone with information are asked to contact Irishtown garda station on 01 666 9600.

Irish Independent

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