Sunday 11 December 2016

Kym in stable condition in hospital as gardaí make appeal on attacker

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 26/11/2016 | 02:30

Maynooth student Kym Owens
Maynooth student Kym Owens

Gardaí have urged anyone with information about the brutal attack on a university student in Maynooth to come forward.

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Garda Superintendent Gerry Wall has made a fresh appeal in the investigation into the assault on Kym Owens.

Kym Owens: fresh appeal about attack that left her in hospital
Kym Owens: fresh appeal about attack that left her in hospital

Kym (18) remains in a stable condition at Blanchardstown Hospital following the violent attack in a housing estate in Maynooth last Sunday night.

Her injuries include broken eye sockets, a broken jaw and broken nose, and she lost several teeth.

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"If anyone has any information that will help our investigation, it is better we get it sooner than later," said Superintendent Walsh.

Travelled

Gardaí wish to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity of Moyglare Abbey housing estate or anyone who travelled on the A2B coach service from Monaghan to Maynooth that was used by the Castleblayney student on Sunday night.

Gardaí are investigating a number of different possibilties about how the attack happened.

The possibility that the attacker was also on the bus was just one of many lines of inquiry.

A spokeswoman for the A2B coach company said around 40 people travel from Monaghan to Maynooth on Sunday nights.

Towns along the route include Monaghan, Castleblayney, Carrickmacross, Ardee, Collon, and Slane, with arrival in Maynooth around 8pm.

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Maynooth is considered to be a safe community in which to live and the violent attack was "a very rare occurrence" in the town, said gardaí.

Gardaí have been working with student leaders at the university.

Female students have been taking recommended precautions about their personal safety.

Someone may have seen Kym's attacker that night with marks on his clothing or body and he may have been in an agitated state.

Kym is 5ft 3ins tall with long brown hair. She was wearing a dark green coat with a hood. She also wore a red hoodie and black jeans.

She is believed to have walked along the Moyglare Road after getting off the bus before being attacked as she walked to her digs.

Distinctive

She wore white runners and carried a distinctive green bag with a yellow handle and the word 'Castleblayney' on the side. The road was well lit but there were very foggy conditions which reduced the visibility.

There are 11,000 students living in the university town.

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