Friday 16 November 2018

Gardaí quiz 16-year-old boy after woman (25) stabbed in the neck with bottle on street

Superintendent Martin Fitzgerald, right, and Detective Inspector Martin Creighton brief the media at the incident room in Dún Laoghaire Garda station. Photo: Tony Gavin
Superintendent Martin Fitzgerald, right, and Detective Inspector Martin Creighton brief the media at the incident room in Dún Laoghaire Garda station. Photo: Tony Gavin

Ken Foy and Laura Larkin

A 16-year-old boy from a "well respected" south Dublin family was being questioned by gardaí last night in relation to a horror attack on a young woman in Dún Laoghaire.

It is understood the teenager, who is from the Blackrock area, arranged to meet the woman after first making contact with her online.

It's understood that the woman, who sustained serious neck and arm injuries in the attack, had no idea that the man she was meeting was only 16. It's believed the situation escalated once the woman became aware of his age.

The teenager remained in Garda custody last night. He is from a well respected family and had not previously come to Garda attention.

The 25-year-old woman, who is of Irish-Malaysian descent, was left in a "serious but stable condition" following the suspected bottle attack in Dún Laoghaire.

The victim was found near the baths at Queen's Road at around 3.30pm, having received extensive wounds to her neck and arm. She underwent emergency surgery in St Vincent's Hospital.

Gardaí yesterday confirmed that a juvenile male was arrested on Christmas morning.

A Garda spokesperson said yesterday: "Gardaí have made an arrest in relation to the investigation of the assault on a woman in her 20s that occurred close to the baths at Queen's Road, Dún Laoghaire, at 3.20pm on 23rd December, 2017.

"A male juvenile is currently detained at Dún Laoghaire Garda station. The injured woman remains in hospital in a serious condition. The investigation is ongoing."

On Sunday, Supt Martin Fitzgerald, from Dún Laoghaire Garda station, told a media briefing they were seeking to speak to a man who was seen in the company of the victim shortly before her ordeal.

"The injured party parked her own car in Dún Laoghaire at around 12pm. At 12.06pm, CCTV picked up the injured party walking past Dún Laoghaire Garda station and heading towards George's Street," Supt Fitzgerald said.

"Shortly afterwards, she was captured on CCTV walking towards Dún Laoghaire shopping centre, and CCTV later captures the injured party at Windsor Terrace, and on this occasion she was in the company of an Irish male, described as being in late teens or early 20s, who may have been carrying a rucksack and was wearing dark clothing," he added.

"Further requests have been made for CCTV footage. We would also appeal to motorists who may have dashcam footage and who were in the area at the time to contact gardaí."

Irish Independent

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