Tuesday 16 January 2018

31-year-old man charged in connection with rape of special needs woman

Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

Gardai yesterday re-arrested a Pakistani national in connection with the rape of a woman with Down's Syndrome in Dublin.

The man was being questioned in Kevin Street Garda Station yesterday after he was arrested at a ground floor aparment. He was arrested at the start of last week but released. It is understood he was re-arrested after DNA results were received on Friday.

As well as speaking to the victim who was subjected to an hour-ong ordeal gardai also spoke to two women who contacted gardai  them about a dark-skinned man who attempted to lure them into a ground floor flat in the same area of Dublin.

The rape victim, who has Downs syndrome, was held prisoner for an hour after being lured or dragged off a residential street off the Camden Street end of the South Circular Road.

Gardai still want anyone who was in the South Circular Road end of the Portobello area and particularly around Lennox Street, Synge Street and Harrington Street at the time of the rape to contact them.

The victim, who is in her twenties, had been out walking and jogging with her mother but became separated. She knows the area and when she failed to return home, her mother raised the alarm.

Gardai issued a description of the girl who was dressed in a black cardigan, beige top, black knee-length leggings and white runners in the area around 4pm on Wednesday to contact them. She is four feet ten inches tall and with shoulder-length brown hair.


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