Thursday 22 February 2018

Gardai hunt sex attacker based on victim's description

Detectives are also examining CCTV security camera footage
Detectives are also examining CCTV security camera footage
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Gardai are hunting a young man who sexually assaulted a woman as she walked home in a west Cork town.

The incident occurred between 1am and 3am on 98 Street in Skibbereen, Co Cork last Saturday evening (Dec 28).

The victim was walking home alone after having been out socialising for Christmas with friends.

She was approached from behind by her attacker who grabbed her and sexually assaulted her.

However, the young woman courageously fought back and was able to shout out, causing her attacker to panic and flee the scene on foot.

The woman is understood to have been traumatised but not seriously injured by the attack.

She was able to give an outline description of her attacker.

The young woman was also medically assessed.

Skibbereen and Clonakilty Gardai have appealed for anyone who may have spotted suspicious activity round the town centre last Saturday to contact them.

Detectives are now examining CCTV security camera footage from business premises around the town centre in a bid to identify the attacker and his movements before and after the incident.

A file on the matter is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

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