A 14-YEAR-OLD girl has allegedly been savagely raped close to a shopping centre.
It is the second serious sexual assault that gardai are investigating in the Tallaght area in just a week –the other incident occurred a five minute walk away.
Senior sources have revealed that in the weekend attack, the victim was grabbed by a teenage male after getting separated from her friends in the Springfield area of the south Dublin suburb.
The attack happened at around 7.30pm on Sunday evening and gardai became aware of the incident after the distraught child approached a member of the public.
The Herald understands the traumatised victim explained that her attacker approached her, put his hand over her mouth and then viciously raped her in an area close to a major supermarket.
Last night specialist garda child interviewers were still waiting to get a full statement from the terrified child.
However senior sources say that the matter is being treated as “a very brutal sexual assault on a young girl who got separated from her friends.
“The investigation is progressing in a fast way – there may well be rapid developments in this one.
“Gardai are in no doubt that this girl was attacked.” Senior sources have pointed out that the savage attack is not linked to another alleged sexual attack which happened in nearby Fettercairn last week.
“Gardai cannot comment on the details of why but are satisfied the two crimes are not linked,” said a senior source.
The latest incident follows a major probe last week after a 15- year-old girl was allegedly brought to a park and raped in Tallaght.
The attack took place a full week before the latest incident as the teenage girl walked home from a friend's house through a football field in Fettercairn, Tallaght, south Dublin.
The teen managed to make her way home afterwards. Gardai were informed of the assault in the early hours of Monday of last week and a full-scale investigation was launched.
Specially-trained child interviewers were brought in to speak with the youth who was medically assessed at the sex assault unit in the Rotunda Hospital.
The field is used for football and GAA games and although it was dark on the night it is well covered by floodlights.
There have been no arrests yet in either case. Local Sinn Fein TD Sean Crowe told the Herald: “People in our community are very scared – everyone is worried.”