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Saturday 17 February 2018

Sex attacker targets female jogger with special needs

Tom Brady, Security Editor

A VULNERABLE young woman with learning difficulties has been treated in hospital after a savage sexual assault in a house.

A major garda investigation is under way in Dublin’s south city to find the attacker.

The victim, who is in her mid 20s, was jogging with her mother at the South Circular Road on Wednesday afternoon when the two became separated.

Gardai said it was not unusual for the woman to part from her mother during a jog and the two would then meet again later.

The woman returned home after being missing for about an hour and told her parents about the assault.

Gardai were notified and the woman was taken to the sexual assault unit at the Rotunda hospital for treatment.

The incident, which took place in a house or apartment somewhere in the South Circular Road area between 4pm and 5pm on Wednesday, was described by officers as “a serious sexual assault”.

Gardai have already taken initial statements from the woman and her parents and specially trained officers will now carry out a detailed interview with the victim.

The medical report and a forensic examination of the victim’s clothing are expected to form a key part of the garda inquiries.

Gardai have set up an investigation headquarters at Kevin Street garda station and have appealed to anyone who spotted a man acting suspiciously in the South Circular Road area or speaking to a female jogger that afternoon to contact them, or phone the confidential line, 1800 666111.

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