Thursday 26 April 2018

Investigation underway into alleged sex attack on teen girl in South Dublin park

Sunday 02 August 2015. Mount Pleasant Park, Ranelagh. Scene of alleged sex attack.
Sunday 02 August 2015. Mount Pleasant Park, Ranelagh. Scene of alleged sex attack.
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Gardai are investigating an alleged sex attack on a teenage girl in a park in Ranelagh.

The girl in her mid-teens claims she was raped in Mount Pleasant Square in the early hours of Sunday morning at around 1am.

She has been examined at the Sexual Assault Unit of the Rotunda Hospital after coming forward to Gardai, and it is understood medical tests show she did have some sort of sexual encounter.

Sources stressed that the investigations are at an early stage and the claims are being fully investigated.

The girl is said to be traumatised by the event and sources say she is known to her alleged attacker although she is not believed to have named him yet.

Gardai hope to interview the girl again in the presence of a specialist juvenile interviewer to build the case further.

"A criminal complaint of a rape was made and the medical report shows there was a sexual encounter," a security source said.

"The allegation is being fully investigated and we hope to have a better picture of events after talking with the alleged victim again," they added.

Mount Pleasant Park is a popular recreation spot during the day time but locals say it is a magnet for anti-social behaviour at night.

The park runs adjacent to a popular tennis club situated in front of the Georgian houses that form the square.

Forensic investigators examined the park on Sunday morning after it was taped off following the complaint.

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