Wednesday 20 March 2019

'I've never been so scared' - young woman attacked and groped in laneway

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Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A woman who was grabbed from behind and groped while walking in a laneway in west Dublin has described the terrifying incident, admitting she has "never been so scared".

The attack on the young woman took place in Raheen Road in Springfield on Sunday evening. She was on her way home from work nearby when the assailant approached her from behind and attacked her.

"Finished work at six tonight and, despite my gut feeling, I walked through the lane at Springfield. Biggest mistake I've made," the victim wrote on Facebook.

The woman said the man, who was in his 30s, tried to pull her back into the laneway she had just walked through.

As he did so, he started groping her and saying "come on, come on", the victim reported.

The distressed screamed and another woman, who was out walking with her children, came to her aid.

"I've never been so scared," the victim wrote in the post. "I screamed and a woman and her kids were walking out of the estate - God knows what could have happened.

"Safe to say I won't be walking through there again. Ladies, be careful and stay safe," she added.

Gardai confirmed they have received a report about the incident and are investigating.

Separately, gardai in Killiney are continuing to investigate the sexual assault of a woman on January 30.

At a public meeting last week, gardai told the community they were confident of apprehending the man involved.

A woman in her 40s was attacked at about 5.45pm at the front of the Bayview housing estate.

She managed to fight her attacker off but was understood to be shaken up by the assault.

Close to 50 residents attended a neighbourhood watch meeting in Shankill last week.

Inspector Tom Condon, from Dun Laoghaire Garda Station, told the meeting they are in the early stages of the investigation and have got a large amount of CCTV footage to sift through.

"We will apprehend this guy, I can tell you that, we're very confident," Insp Condon said.

"We're examining CCTV and there is a lot of it and there are people coming forward [with information]," he added.

Residents are calling for CCTV to be mounted at all entrances to the Bayview estate.

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