Friday 20 April 2018

Gardai probe claim woman was abducted and drugged

Preserved crime scene at South Dublin Business Park, Leopardstown.
Preserved crime scene at South Dublin Business Park, Leopardstown.
Preserved crime scene at South Dublin Business Park, Leopardstown.

Ken Foy and Conor Feehan

A YOUNG woman has claimed she was abducted and drugged by a gang of three men in Dublin.

Gardai today launched a major investigation into the 20-year-old’s allegations.

A section of the car park at South County Business Park in Leopardstown was sealed off this morning after the suspected abduction.

The woman, who works as a cleaning lady, has alleged that she was kidnapped by a gang of three men.

It is understood the woman has told detectives that she was drugged and brought to a beach.

Gardai are treating her claims seriously and officers in Dundrum Garda Station have begun an investigation into the alleged false imprisonment of the Romanian national.

Large black plastic sheets were placed over a section of the roadway where cars park beside a wooded area within the business park.

The woman lives in Sandyford and gardai are anxious to re-trace her movements prior to her disappearance.

There were no obvious signs of a disturbance or assault when the plastic sheeting was lifted.

The area was photographed by a member of the garda technical team this morning, who then lifted cigarette butts and other small discarded items into individual evidence bags.

Employees arriving at the business park this morning were perplexed at the scene.

CCTV from the area may also provide some clues as to the sequence of events leading up to the woman's disappearance.

It is understood that gardai earlier removed some vehicles from the scene.

A senior source told the Herald that gardai do not believe that the young woman was sexually assaulted in the incident and she has no major injuries.

Gardai are still trying to piece together the woman’s account of events after she walked into Dundrum Garda Station this morning.

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