Monday 21 January 2019

DNA links accused to sex attacks on three women over years, court is told

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Declan Brennan

A knife assault victim's DNA was linked to a blood stained jacket found at the home of a man accused of attacking three women, a court has heard.

The trial of Slawomir Gierlowski (33) also heard evidence that his DNA profile matched semen traces found on the victim of a sexual assault in 2015.

The defendant's DNA was also linked in evidence to the underwear of a victim of a sexual assault in 2011.

Mr Gierlowski, of Galtymore Road, Drimnagh, Dublin, denies attacking three women on dates in 2011, 2015 and 2016 at locations around Clondalkin, south Dublin. The women cannot be identified for legal reasons.

In the May 2016 incident, a man armed with a hunting knife attacked a woman as she was walking along Knockmeenagh Lane to the nearby Luas stop. The woman has testified that she thought the man was going to slit her throat and she grabbed the blade to stop that happening, causing the knife to cut her tendons in three fingers.

On day eight of the trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Dr David Casey, of the Forensic Science Laboratory, said he examined a number of items relating to the 2016 incident, including a Diesel jacket with two blood stains.

The jacket was taken from the master bedroom in the home of Mr Gierlowski during a search by gardaí in June 2016.

Dr Casey said that a blood stain from the cuff of the jacket generated a DNA profile matching DNA obtained from the third victim.

The witness said that a DNA profile lifted from the mouth of a beer bottle, found in Knockmeenagh Lane after the attack, matched the DNA profile of Mr Gierlowski. Dr Casey also checked the defendant's profile against DNA obtained from evidence from attacks on two other women in 2015 and 2011.

Mr Gierlowski has pleaded not guilty to nine charges, including false imprisonment, sexual assault and assault. The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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