Wednesday 21 February 2018

Appeal after teenage girl is raped close to housing estate

Gardai are following a definite line of inquiry
Gardai are following a definite line of inquiry

Ciaran Murphy

A TEENAGE girl was raped at a secluded blackspot that some residents wanted closed after a sex attack nine years ago.

Gardai were last night following a definite line of inquiry in relation to the rape of the girl at the St John's River Walk in Kilbarry, Waterford city, which is often used by people taking a shortcut into Cherrymount housing estate.

In March 2005, a 14-year-old girl was raped at the same spot.

Residents say that they have stopped using the walkway, particularly at night, because of public order nuisance.

The area was cordoned off yesterday for examination.

The attack which happened opposite the Kingfisher Fitness Club complex on Thursday night between 11.15pm and 12.15am yesterday.

Det Sgt Donal O'Donohue said: "We are following a definite line on it and there is not a lot more we can say about it at the moment. The investigation is still in its infancy."

It is understood that the girl was not hospitalised but was left seriously traumatised.

Sgt Gavin Hegarty last night said: "We are satisfied that there are at least four people in the Cherrymount estate between 11pm and 1am. We are appealing for them to help us."

Anyone with information can contact Waterford gardai on 05 130 5300 or the confidential hotline on 18 0066 6111.

Irish Independent

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