Saturday 18 November 2017

Gardai appeal for witnesses after woman sexually assaulted in Tralee

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Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Gardai are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted in Tralee, Co Kerry in August 2016.

On RTÉ's Crimecall gardai recounted the incident and asked anyone with information to come forward.

The woman was walking home along the Upper Rock Road, Tralee after a night out when a car began to follow her.

A three door Fiat Punto hatchback pulled up beside the woman and the driver tried to speak to the woman.

According to Crimecall, the woman tried to ignore him and kept walking.

The driver in the Punto then drove off and turned into Mounalee road.

A few minutes the car rejoined at the Rock Road and followed the woman.

The car pulled into a carpark and a man could be seen following the woman.

Her then grabbed her and sexually assaulted her.

Some 10 minutes later, the Fiat Punto drove out of the carpark and back down the road.

Garda John Bannon from Tralee garda station said gardai are appealing for any information.

"It was very traumatic. She was lucky to escape and she was lucky to be so near to her home. It happened very quickly.

"It was a horrific incident."

Gardai said they are focusing on the car that was in the area at the time.

The man is described as being in his late 20s, with an athletic build. He was approximately 6ft tall and wore a red checkered shirt.#

Anyone with information can contact Tralee Garda station at (066) 710 2300.

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