Sunday 23 November 2014

Sex assault on special needs woman after Rose of Tralee gig

By Simon Brouder 
and Majella O'Sullivan

Published 20/08/2014 | 06:38

Nathan Carter performing at The Rose of Tralee International Festival at The Dome in Kerry last night.
Pic Steve Humphreys
19th August 2014
Nathan Carter

A YOUNG woman with special needs suffered a violent sexual attack after a gig at the Rose of Tralee festival.

Gardai are attempting to track down the man who sexually assaulted the victim after a concert by country star Nathan Carter.

The gig at the Festival Dome took place on the opening night of the six-day festival, which ended last night.

No arrests have yet been made, but the Herald understands that the suspected assailant has been identified by investigating officers.

It is believed he arrived to the north-Kerry town ahead of the Nathan Carter concert, 
which took place last Thursday night.

The incident is understood to have taken place in Tralee town centre.

Senior garda sources have confirmed that they are 
investigating the alleged sexual assault of the woman in a side street in Tralee town centre, 
at around midnight last 
Thursday.

Exact details of the alleged attack remain unclear, but 
gardai in the town have launched a major investigation into the incident.

Businesses in the Castle Street area of the town have already provided gardai with CCTV footage.

Bar and door staff from pubs and businesses in the area have also been interviewed as 
gardai attempt to trace the suspect's movements prior to the attack.

The suspect has been identified only as a middle aged man. It is understood that he was wearing some form of novelty cowboy hat.

At present it is believed that the chief suspect is not from the Tralee or north-Kerry area.

hnews@herald.ie

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