Tuesday 17 October 2017

Plea to locals to 'remain vigilant' after south Dublin sex assault

Gardaí near the Bayview Estate in Killiney. Photo: Mark Condren
Gardaí near the Bayview Estate in Killiney. Photo: Mark Condren
Gardaí near the Bayview Estate in Killiney. Photo: Mark Condren
Gardaí near the Bayview Estate in Killiney. Photo: Mark Condren
Gardai are currently attempting to establish if the attacker followed the woman a short distance before the attack, or if she was targeted as she walk in his direction. (stock photo)

Conor Feehan and Ryan Nugent

Gardaí are using CCTV footage in their investigation into a sexual assault on a woman in Dublin on Monday night.

Investigators are hopeful that cameras located near the front of a housing estate in Killiney - where the incident took place - will have captured the incident, and are currently examining footage in an incident room at Shankhill garda station.

The woman, in her 40s, was sexually assaulted at 5.45pm at the front of the Bayview housing estate but managed to fight off the victim before escaping.

She had been walking from the nearby Killiney dart station.

The attacker is understood to have fled the scene by foot, running in the direction of the Killiney Hill Road.

Gardai are currently attempting to establish if the attacker followed the woman a short distance before the attack, or if she was targeted as she walk in his direction.

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

The man has been described as tall and thin. He was wearing white runners.

The incident took place a short distance from where a female American tourist was assaulted three weeks ago.

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

It is understood that garda patrols will be upped in the area since the latest incident.

Fearful

Local representative for the area, Cormac Devlin said the latest incidents have left locals fearful - particularly women walking home alone.

"I would ask the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the Gardaí," Mr Devlin said.

"In light of these incidents, I have asked council management to review lighting in the Killiney/ Shankill area to ensure it is fit for purpose," he added.

Council officials have since pledged to replace lighting on six lamps around the area where the attack took place, while also trimming down trees to give added visibility in the estate.

The relamping will take place over the coming days.

One mother told the Irish Independent the attack has left locals feeling worried.

"I used to jog in the evenings, but I'm much more wary now. My children used to be able to walk around on their own too, but now I have more concerns," she said.

The matter is set to be discussed at a neighbourhood watch meeting tomorrow night, where gardai will be present.

Irish Independent

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