Sunday 20 May 2018

Calls for more gardaí in south Dublin after young tourist's teeth smashed in violent robbery

Stephanie O'Connor. Photo: Arthur Carron
Stephanie O'Connor. Photo: Arthur Carron

Catherine Devine and Robin Schiller

Gardaí have been urged to put more officers on the beat in the affluent south Dublin area where a young tourist was attacked and robbed, leaving her with "broken teeth and a bloody mouth".

Officers are investigating the incident that occurred at about 5.30am yesterday on the Killiney Road. Two men approached three American tourists as they went for a bus to bring them to Dublin Airport.

The men managed to grab a handbag containing the women's passports, then fled.

During the robbery one of the victims, a 22-year-old woman, was pushed to the ground and suffered face injuries.

She was taken to St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin, and treated for minor injuries.

Officers from Dún Laoghaire garda station are investigating the theft and assault but no arrests have yet been made.

The Fitzpatrick Hotel in Killiney, Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys
The Fitzpatrick Hotel in Killiney, Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys

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Gardaí are also investigating a violent knife attack in the area on December 24.

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Cormac Devlin described yesterday's incident as "appalling", and said that more gardaí were needed on the ground.

"It's an appalling attack on anybody, particularly a tourist visiting the country. To me, it highlights the need for increased garda numbers," Mr Devlin said.

"Detection of these types of crimes is the only way of solving and combating them.

"My thoughts are with the three women and hopefully the perpetrators will be brought before the courts."

Local Stephanie O'Connor (26) said that she woke up after hearing the girls scream.

"I woke up to a girl screaming 'help' outside my house. When I looked outside I saw a girl running and screaming. I saw a car nearby and bags lying on the ground. My initial reaction was that the girl was being kidnapped, so I ran after her to see if I could help."

Ms O'Connor said when she went outside she saw three American girls "in hysterics".

"They were walking to the Fitzpatrick Hotel to get the bus to the airport to catch a flight home to America but they were attacked by two men who stole their bags," Ms O'Connor said.

"They noticed the men following them but it was only a 10-minute walk to the bus.

"One of the girls was physically assaulted and she had a bust lip, broken teeth and a bloody mouth. She was in shock and her friends were frantically trying to calm her down."

One of the males is described as being of average height and build, wearing a white jumper, according to gardaí.

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