Saturday 22 July 2017

Locals 'are afraid to walk home' as hunt for attacker goes on

Gardaí near the Bayview Estate in Killiney. Photo: Mark Condren
Gardaí near the Bayview Estate in Killiney. Photo: Mark Condren

Chai Brady

Gardai have appealed for witnesses as residents are “afraid to walk home” following the second assault in Killiney in three weeks.

Locals are “disgusted” after a 40-year-old woman was

attacked near a doctor’s surgery at the entrance of the Bayview Estate at 5.45pm on Monday.

Gardai have yet to identify any suspects in relation to the terrifying attack. The area is generally busy at the time the attack occurred. Cars and pedestrians come in and out of the estate and people regularly visit the nearby surgery.

“It’s very frustrating, there is a lot of break-ins in the area,” said one resident, who is in his mid-30s. “There should be CCTV at the entrance of the estate anything else just won’t be enough. It’s shocking this happened in broad daylight.”

The attacker fled the scene on foot, and is believed to have run in the direction of Killiney Hill Road. The woman suffered minor injuries in the encounter, but managed to fend off the assailant. Another resident, who lives across the road in Castle Court, said his daughter (14) was

followed a week ago on her way home from school by a “weirdo” near where the place the attack took place.

Startled

“My daughter saw a man walking towards her, and when she passed him she looked back and he was right on her tail.

“She said he looked strange, probably in his mid-50s with brown rimmed glasses, with a belly on him,” he said. “She was startled big time, she was shaking when she was coming in.”

Boris Samacoulieff (53) says he has been concerned about burglars in the area, as his neighbour’s house was robbed recently but was shocked at the crime.

“To be assaulted by someone is much worse, and I didn’t expect it to happen here. We need more of a garda presence in the area,” he said.

Gardai released a statement saying: “Gardai are anxious to speak with any members of the public that were in the vicinity of Killiney Dart Station, Seafield Road, Killiney Hill Road, Military Road and Bayview anytime between 5pm and 6.30pm on the evening of Monday the 30th January, 2017.”

They are also appealing to taxi drivers and drivers in the vicinity and whose vehicle was fitted with a recordable dash camera system. Witnesses are asked to contact Dun Laoghaire Garda Station 01-6665000, the Garda Confidential Telephone line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Herald

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