Tuesday 24 October 2017

'I saw a shadow, then I had some teeth knocked out' - young US woman on violent robbery in south Dublin

Stephanie O'Connor. Photo: Arthur Carron
Stephanie O'Connor. Photo: Arthur Carron
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A young American woman who was mugged in south Dublin has told how her teeth were knocked out when she was shoved to the ground by an assailant.

The 22-year-old, who did not want to be named, was attacked on Killiney Road in Killiney, Dublin in the early hours of Wednesday.

Two men approached the woman and her two friends as they made their way to the Aircoach stop at the Fitzpatrick Hotel.

The three friends were due to fly back to the US to spend time with their families when the incident occurred at about 5.30am.

The victim and one friend have been working in Ireland on a holiday visa, while the third woman was visiting.

The three pals were walking from a friend's house where they had stayed the night before when the two men pounced.

"We are on working holidays for the year and both live and work in south Dublin," the victim told the Herald.

"We were just going home to visit our families for a few weeks.

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"We stayed at a friend's house the night before and the Fitzpatrick [Hotel] was the closest Aircoach stop so we decided to walk there. It was only a 10-minute walk.

"I honestly didn't see much, just a man's shadow behind me and then I got shoved face-first on to the street.

"I saw them running away and one was in a light hoodie, maybe white or grey, and the other looked to be in a dark one.

"They looked about average height and build, which I know doesn't help much.

"They stole my purse but I did have my passport and phone so we were able to make it home.

"I did suffer some facial injuries, including a few of my teeth being knocked out, but I'll be getting treatment here in the US."

Local woman Stephanie O'Connor (26), who lives close to where the incident happened, said she woke to the sound of screams.

She said that, when she went outside, she saw the three women "in hysterics".

"One of the girls was physically assaulted. She was in shock and her friends were frantically trying to calm her down," Ms O'Connor said.

Gardai from Dun Laoghaire Garda Station are investigating the theft and assault but no arrests have yet been made

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