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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Man to appear in court today over brutal sex attack

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A YOUNG man is to appear before the District Court today in relation to a brutal sex attack on an elderly woman walking home from bingo.

The 21-year old was arrested in the Charleville area of north Cork shortly before 8am yesterday and was taken to Mallow garda station for questioning.

He will appear at Newcastlewest District Court today in relation to the horrific attack last Sunday.

Gardai refused to comment further but sources revealed officers are very pleased with the progress of their investigation and the enormous amount of assistance being provided by members of the public.

People in Charleville were appalled by the horrific attack -- and women have since been reluctant to go out alone at night.

The 61-year old woman was attacked in the Turrets area of Charleville shortly before 10.30pm last Sunday as she walked home after attending bingo in the local community centre.

She was ambushed near a dark gateway and was struck across the back of the head with a wooden club or handle.

The stunned woman was then dragged up the unlit driveway of a local house.

Despite her pleas, she was subjected to a serious sexual assault which detectives believe may have lasted between 10 and 20 minutes.

During the attack the woman was repeatedly beaten about the head and threatened with further violence if she tried to scream. The attacker then fled the area on foot.

The traumatised woman was eventually able to stagger out onto the roadway and flag down a passing motorist who brought the distraught woman -- who was bleeding profusely from a head injury -- to Charleville garda station shortly before 11.30pm.

The traumatised woman was treated in hospital for a serious head injury.

She has since provided a detailed description of her attacker.

Charleville gardai have again appealed for anyone who spotted suspicious activity in the town on Sunday evening to contact them.

The attacker was described as being of medium build, between 5ft 6ins and 5ft 8ins tall, with an oval-shaped face and wearing dark jeans and a grey coloured hoodie-type top.

The man spoke with an Irish accent and was clean shaven.

Gardai suspect that, from the nature of the attack, the assailant must have had detailed knowledge of the local area.

Irish Independent

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