Saturday 21 April 2018

Six teens face rape charges over 'random' attack on girl (14)

Investigations have established that the attack had not been planned

Gardai search the scene of the alleged rape
Gardai search the scene of the alleged rape

Ken Foy

Six young teenage boys are likely to face rape charges as a garda investigation into a sex attack on a 14-year-old girl nears completion.

The victim - who is described as vulnerable - is recovering from her ordeal, which happened shortly after 4pm on January 24 in Tallaght.

It has been the subject of a massive investigation, and a file on the case is nearly ready to be sent to the DPP.

Gardai have interviewed six under-age suspects who have all made voluntary statements after meeting officers by appointment.

Investigations have established that the attack had not been planned.

"This seems to be a situation which got completely out of hand. Statements have been made by all the relevant people involved," a senior source said.

"A file is almost ready to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions, but the force's Director of Juvenile Affairs is also reviewing this case.

"There has been no need for gardai to make arrests in the case because all the suspects have made full voluntary statements."

Gardai have also seized mob-ile phones as part of the investigation into the incident, which happened at a green space close to the Ashgrove apartments, opposite St Mark's GAA club on the Cookstown Road in the Springfield area of Tallaght.

The victim has given a detailed statement to a specialist child interviewer. Officers are following a definite line of inquiry.

Before making her statement, the victim was taken to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in the Rotunda Hospital and treated for her injuries.


Gardai said there was no link between the rape and the sexual assault of two other teenagers in the area an hour after the first attack.

There have been no arrests in that case.

It was reported to officers that two sisters aged 18 and 19 were attacked by a group of males as they walked through Maplewood, which is also in Springfield, at 5.30pm.


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