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Saturday 18 November 2017

'We will apprehend this guy'-Gardaí investigating sexual assault confident they will catch attacker

Gardaí near the Bayview Estate in Killiney. Photo: Mark Condren
Gardaí near the Bayview Estate in Killiney. Photo: Mark Condren
Gardaí near the Bayview Estate in Killiney. Photo: Mark Condren
The Bayview estate, near the scene of the attack

Ryan Nugent and Robin Schiller

Gardaí investigating the sexual assault of a woman in south Dublin are confident they will apprehend the attacker.

A woman in her 40s was attacked at 5.45pm on Monday at the Bayview housing estate in Killiney.

She managed to fight her attacker off but was understood to be shaken.

Fifty concerned residents turned up at a neighbourhood watch meeting in Shankill last night, with several saying they were afraid to walk around the estate at night.

Gardaí near the Bayview Estate in Killiney. Photo: Mark Condren
Gardaí near the Bayview Estate in Killiney. Photo: Mark Condren

One resident said her daughters frequently took the same route from the Dart station as the woman who was attacked.

Insp Tom Condon, of Dun Laoghaire Garda Station, told the meeting that gardai are in the early stages of the investigation but have a large amount of CCTV footage to examine.

Gardaí near the Bayview Estate in Killiney. Photo: Mark Condren
Gardaí near the Bayview Estate in Killiney. Photo: Mark Condren

“We will apprehend this guy, I can tell you that, we’re very confident,” he said.

Residents are calling for CCTV to be mounted at all entrances to the estate.

Gardai are trying to establish if the attacker followed the woman a short distance before the attack or if she was targeted as she walked in his direction.

The man has been described as tall and thin. He was wearing white running shoes.

It is understood he fled the scene on foot, running off in the direction of the Killiney Hill Road.

A possible link between this week’s attack and a spate of similar incidents in Shankill last year has been ruled out.

Herald

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