Sunday 15 December 2019

Gardai hunt for attacker who pulled female jogger into river and tried to pull off her clothes

The attacker pulled the woman into the river and tried to pull off her clothes.
The attacker pulled the woman into the river and tried to pull off her clothes.

Elaine Keogh

Gardai say a woman has been traumatised after an attack by a man who pulled her into the Boyne river.

While struggling with her in the water, the man tried to take her clothes off, gardai confirmed.

During her ordeal the man did not speak to her once.

Gardai in Drogheda, Co Louth, have issued an appeal for anyone who may have seen the man after the attack, when he would have been soaking wet, to contact them.

They have also advised people "not to jog alone."

Garda Superintendent Gerry Smith said the woman was jogging on her own at about 9am on Thursday when she was attacked on the footpath that runs alongside the Boyne and connects Drogheda with Oldbridge, near the site of the Battle of the Boyne.

The woman first noticed there was a man behind her as she jogged over the bridge of peace, in the town centre.

She was about 2km from the town when she suspected the man was not another jogger and decided she should turn back towards Drogheda on safety grounds.

Superintendent Smith said the man "made advances" to her and she held out her iPhone, believing that was what he wanted.

However, the man then grabbed her and a struggle ensued. The man would not let go of her and pulled her over a wall with him into the river.

He continued to struggle with her in the water and tried to remove her clothes. He gave up and left the water and ran off.

He is described as being aged around 25, of thin build and about 5ft 7in tall. He was wearing a black woolly hat and black jacket and had on either black trousers or jeans.

The jacket he was wearing was too big for him, the gardai said. Another jogger brought the shaken woman to gardai.

Irish Independent

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