Sex attack victim had tape over face, court told
A garda has described how a suspect in a late-night sexual assault "zig-zagged" to avoid street lighting while he ran away from the scene.
Garda Niall Kenny was giving evidence in the trial of Slawomir Gierlowski (33), who is charged with carrying out attacks on three women over a five-year period.
One of the attacks took place at a location in Clondalkin, Dublin, on September 3, 2015.
Gda Kenny told the jury that, on the night, he received details over the Garda radio of an alleged incident.
The Garda car arrived at the scene within minutes and Gda Kenny and Garda Brian Campbell got out.
Gda Campbell said he heard a muffled scream coming from behind them.
He ran to the source of the sound and saw a woman on her knees with black duct tape all over her face and neck and her hands behind her back.
Gda Kenny said he noticed a man jumping up from behind a vehicle parked around 50 metres down the road. He said this man took off running and he chased him.
He shouted "gardaí, stop", but the suspect kept running. He called for help and uniformed and plain-clothes units arrived at the scene.
Gda Kenny said the area had about "50pc" street lighting, which was partially blocked by trees.
He said the suspect ran crossing the road in "zig zags" to avoid the street lights. Gda Kenny said he lost sight of the man.
Mr Gierlowski, of Galtymore Road, Drimnagh, is charged with falsely imprisoning and assaulting a woman in September 2016 at a location near Naas Road, Clondalkin, Dublin.
He is also charged with unlawfully having a hunting knife with intent to intimidate.
Mr Gierlowski is further charged with false imprisonment, sexual assault and assault of a second woman at another location in Clondalkin on September 3, 2015. Finally, he is charged with false imprisonment, sexual assault and assault of a third woman at this same location on September 11, 2011. He denies all the charges.
The trial continues.