Friday 23 August 2019

Gardaí appeal for dash-cam film in Courtown sex attacks probe

A Garda car parked at the scene of the alleged attacks
A Garda car parked at the scene of the alleged attacks

Niamh Lynch

Gardaí have appealed for anyone with dash-cam footage to come forward after a series of alleged sex attacks in Courtown Harbour, Co Wexford, last weekend.

The appeal for information comes as officers have established the names of some of the teenage boys that they want to interview over the alleged rape of a girl and the sexual assault of two others just after midnight on Sunday.

Gardaí also thanked witnesses who have come forward already to help the inquiry.

Up to five teenage boys are suspected of being involved in the alleged sex attacks, with gardaí having visited locations in Kilkenny and Waterford as part of their investigation.

No arrests have been made so far.

In relation to the rape allegation, it is claimed that the girl was "held down" by a male teenager while his friend raped her.

Senior sources said last night that gardaí were also investigating whether more than one attacker was responsible for the sexual assaults on the other two young girls.

Officers believe that around 15 people were present when the alleged attacks happened at a location close to a beach in Courtown.

However, there are fears that the individuals involved are being shielded by more senior adults or that they may in fact have already left the jurisdiction.

Sources revealed last night that both the alleged victims and the alleged attackers were in the seaside village on holidays.

The three girls are understood to originally be from Dublin while the five teenage boys are normally based in the Kilkenny area.

The three girls have been treated in hospital in a sexual assault unit.

A senior source said the girls' claims are being treated as "credible" and a number of specialist Garda units are involved in what is described as a "highly sensitive" and detailed investigation.

Gardaí have already spoken to some witnesses as part of the probe which may be "a lengthy investigation", the source said.

Irish Independent

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