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Thursday 22 March 2018

Jogger with special needs attacked by sex predator

Tom Brady Security Editor

A VULNERABLE young woman with learning difficulties has been treated in hospital after a savage sexual assault in a house.

A garda investigation is under way in Dublin's south city to find the attacker.

The victim, who is in her mid- 20s, was jogging with her mother on the South Circular Road on Wednesday afternoon when the two became separated.

Gardai said it was not unusual for the woman to part from her mother during a jog and the two would then meet again later.

The woman returned home after being missing for about an hour and told her parents about the assault.

Gardai were notified and the woman was taken to the sexual assault unit at the Rotunda hospital for treatment.

The incident, which took place in a house or apartment somewhere in the South Circular Road area between 4pm and 5pm on Wednesday, was described by officers as "a serious sexual assault".

The medical report and a forensic examination of the victim's clothing are expected to form a key part of the garda inquiries.

Gardai have set up an investigation headquarters at Kevin Street garda station and have appealed to anyone who spotted a man acting suspiciously in the South Circular Road area or speaking to a female jogger that afternoon to contact them, or phone the confidential line on 1800 666 111.

One officer said last night: "A lot of people would have been walking along the street at that time of the afternoon.

"We would ask them to recall if they noticed anything unusual or saw a man talking to a female jogger or walking alongside her," he added.

The chief executive of Down Syndrome Ireland, Pat Clarke, said last night that sex assault victims who have intellectual disabilities, should be given every consideration in the criminal justice system.

He said that, in the past, there had been cases thrown out by courts because the judge deemed that the victim was not a credible witness as she had intellectual disabilities.

Irish Independent

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