Monday 11 December 2017

Gardai investigating sexual assault on vulnerable young woman in Temple Bar

Bedford Lane Temple Bar Image via Google Maps
Bedford Lane Temple Bar Image via Google Maps

Ian Begley

Gardai are investigating after a vulnerable young woman was sexually assaulted in Temple Bar.

The incident happened in Bedford Lane at about 1am on Tuesday.

Following the attack in the busy tourist hub, detectives from Pearse Street Garda Station sought CCTV footage from a number of neighbouring businesses in the hope of finding clues.

“We are investigating an incident of sexual assault that occurred in Bedford Lane at 1am on February 7,” said a garda spokesperson. No arrests have been made to date.

A source told the Herald that the woman involved was a drug user. 

It is understood that a person informed gardai on behalf of the victim as she was unwilling to make a complaint herself.

The narrow lane has been the subject of criticism from businesses in the area which say it can be a dangerous place to walk through.

“I live and work on that lane-way and it’s really not a good place to be,” said a local resident and business owner.

“It should be gated, without a doubt. They wanted to do it a couple of years ago but unfortunately it didn’t happen.

“Around 10,000 tourists walk up and down it every single day, and what they have to pass through is disgusting.”

It is not the first time that a woman has been attacked in Bedford Lane.

In December 2015, a woman was seriously assaulted in the early hours of the morning. However, the injured victim had left the scene by the time gardai arrived.

Bedford Lane is part of a large block between Aston Quay and Fleet Street near the eastern end of Temple Bar and is a fairly well-used shortcut from the quays to Temple Bar.

It features large murals of Irish cultural icons from music, poetry, literature, movies and sports, with artwork contributed free by local artists.

Herald

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