Sunday 25 September 2016

Massive public response led to arrest of two men over horrific Dublin rape attack

Published 29/07/2016 | 08:45

The scene on the Ninth Lock road, Clondalkin, where an alleged sex attack on a woman took place. Picture; Gerry Mooney. 28/7/16
The scene on the Ninth Lock road, Clondalkin, where an alleged sex attack on a woman took place. Picture; Gerry Mooney. 28/7/16

INFORMATION received from the public led to the arrest of two men following the horrific rape attack on a Dublin woman yesterday.

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A massive manhunt is underway for a third suspect.

There has been massive public response to gardai since news of the attack emerged. It is understood gardai in Ronanstown Garda Station were dealing with a large amount of calls from the public yesterday.

It is believed that information yielded from these calls led to the arrests this morning and identification of suspects. Gardai are still studying CCTV from the surrounding areas.

The three suspects are Irish and understood to be living locally.

The suspects are known to Gardai but for minor theft and public order offences.

The two men were released this evening.

The woman was attacked on the Ninth Lock Road in Clondalkin near the junction with the Neilstown Road at approximately 3.20am yesterday.

The scene on the Ninth Lock road, Clondalkin, where an alleged sex attack on a woman took place. Picture; Gerry Mooney. 28/7/16
The scene on the Ninth Lock road, Clondalkin, where an alleged sex attack on a woman took place. Picture; Gerry Mooney. 28/7/16
The scene on the Ninth Lock road, Clondalkin, where an alleged sex attack on a woman took place. Picture; Gerry Mooney. 28/7/16
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It’s understood the woman, who is in her thirties, was returning home from work, but decided to go a local filling station to purchase an item.

It’s now known that the three attacked her, but one man raped her.

The victim did not know her attackers with one source describing how the horrific attack was as “random as you can get”.

The woman was pushing her bicycle along the footpath after leaving the nearby garage when she was grabbed by three men.

It is understood she was pulled into an area of parkland beside the road, where the attack continued.

Though the woman was threatened at knife-point during her ordeal, there is no indication that the weapon was used on her.

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She was raped by at least one of her attackers before they fled the scene.

Following the attack, the victim alerted gardai and officers from Ronanstown Garda Station – which is just 400m from where the attack took place – rushed to the scene.

The woman was taken to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in the Rotunda Hospital, where specialist gardai from the Clondalkin district are waiting to comprehensively interview her.

The unit provides specialist treatment for women and men aged 14 years or older who have been subjected to rape or other sexual assault.

The extent of the victim’s injuries are not yet known.

Members of the garda technical bureau carried out a forensic examination of the scene shortly before 9am yesterday.

Officers removed plastic sheeting which had covered the victim’s bike, and it was placed in a garda van for further technical examination.

Garda are still appealing for anyone with information in relation to the incident, or anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them at Ronanstown Garda Station.

Investigating detectives are also appealing for any motorists who may have passed the area in the time before or after the attack to come forward.

In particular, they are asking that drivers of any vehicles equipped with dash-cameras to contact them to further assist their inquiries.

Though the area is well-lit at night the place where the attack took place gets dark because of bushes growing in that particular spot.

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