Thursday 23 November 2017

Brave au pair fights off attacker in home - leaving him with 'fresh wounds'

Garda: File photo
Garda: File photo

Alan O'Keeffe and Ken Foy

A young woman bravely fought off an attacker who gained access to a house in Dublin.

The victim, an au pair in her 20s, was alone in the house in Templeogue when the terrifying incident occurred during daylight hours.

The suspected offender, wearing sunglasses and a dark baseball cap, gained entry to the property in the Osprey area at 11.20am on Monday.

Initially the young woman believed the man had arrived seeking to meet a member of the family, but then realised he was a stranger.

A violent struggle ensued between the intruder and the woman as he attacked her. She managed to scratch his face and succeeded in fighting him off and he fled the scene.

The woman is understood to be deeply traumatised.

A major garda hunt for the assailant got under way shortly after the incident, with gardai conducting door-to-door inquiries in the locality.

A garda spokesman said an incident room has been set up at Terenure Garda Station.

Nothing appeared to have been stolen during the attack, which has been described by gardai as an aggravated burglary.

A member of the family that employs the victim declined to comment about the deeply upsetting incident.

"The gardai were coming to doors in the area. Local people are very worried since it happened," said a neighbour.

A garda spokesman said the scene was technically examined following the attack.

"The man received a number of scratches to his face during the incident and a cut to his right index finger. These wounds should still be fresh," he said.

The suspected offender is described as a man aged between 40 and 50, of average height and with short hair.

He had a very thin face, a pock-marked complexion and fair skin. He was clean shaven.

The man spoke with an Irish accent and was wearing black clothing and possibly a sleeveless jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to call the gardai on 01 666 6400, the garda confidential line 1800 666111 or any garda station.

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