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Friday 21 September 2018

Parents in horror car hijacking involving baby girl give 'comprehensive description of suspect'

Scene of the carjacking beside the Phoenix Park. Photo: Google
Scene of the carjacking beside the Phoenix Park. Photo: Google

Conor Feehan and Ken Foy

GardaÍ have recovered the vehicle stolen in a shocking knifepoint carjacking in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

A one-year-old baby girl was in the back seat of the Nissan Qashqai SUV when the terrifying ordeal happened.

The parents of the baby girl are highly respected doctors, both aged 32 and based in Liverpool.

The family had been visiting the Phoenix Park when the shocking crime occurred at around 11.15pm on Sunday.

The incident happened as the couple were driving out of the park at Conyngham Road, Islandbridge.

As they exited the park, a man approached them and pulled the driver and passenger from the car at knifepoint.

He then jumped into the driver's seat and drove away.

It was only moments later when the hijacker realised there was a child strapped into a seat in the back of the vehicle.

He then stopped the car and demanded that the couple take the child out, before driving away.

While nobody was physically injured in the hijacking, the couple were said to have been left extremely shaken.

The vehicle was found yesterday morning in the Cork Street area of the south inner city - around 10 minutes' drive from where the carjacking happened.

The Nissan Qashqai was being forensically examined by specialist officers last night.

Detectives are "confident" that an arrest may be made before the end of the week as a result of high quality CCTV footage that is currently being examined.

Description

In addition to this, the victims have given a comprehensive description of the suspect, who is believed to be aged in his mid-to-late 20s or early 30s.

Sources say gardaí believe the suspect panicked shortly after committing the crime and, as a result, abandoned the car on a road off Cork Street.

Gardaí are exploring the possibility the attacker may have a history of drug problems.

A Garda source said this sort of attack is not a common crime, and in most cases the perpetrator has been arrested and brought before the courts.

Gardaí at Kevin Street, Dublin, are appealing for anyone who was in the area of Conyngham Road, Islandbridge, late on Sunday and may have seen the incident to contact them.

Irish Independent

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