Tuesday 22 October 2019

Woman is attacked by two men in violent carjacking

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Elaine Keogh

Gardaí believe the woman whose car was hijacked in an early morning attack was most likely the victim of a random attack.

The woman, who is in her 60s, was waiting in her 09 car to car-pool with someone else when she was confronted by the two men.

She was sitting in the car in the Moyfenrath estate, Enfield, Co Meath, when the men opened the door and pulled her out.

They then drove off in her silver coloured Renault Megane in the direction of Kilcock.

The incident happened about 5.40am.

A Garda spokesperson said: "She was physically pulled out of the car and the two men got in and drove the car away in the direction of Kilcock.

"Gardaí are investigating reports that the two men had been walking on the ring road and on the main street at Enfield for some time prior to the incident."

The woman is from Longwood, about 8km from Enfield.

Fine Gael councillor Enda Flynn said: "People were quite shocked because it is (also) where children gather to get a bus to primary school.

"When people hear about such aggressive behaviour they are obviously concerned.

"It is very unusual to have this behaviour in Enfield, which is a quiet spot."

He said that Meath County Council had plans to build an official park-and-ride facility in Enfield.

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin councillor Caroline Lynch said she believed that opportunistic criminals target towns like Enfield and Trim because they know more Garda resources are needed.

She said: "People don't feel safe. We need more feet on the street, we need more visibility to stop this sort of opportunistic crime. The gardaí need to be better resourced."

Meanwhile, gardaí are appealing to any witness to contact them and are appealing in particular "to anybody who was driving in the area yesterday morning and who may have dashcam footage capturing the incident or two men walking in the area, to contact Trim garda station on 046 9481540".

It comes as gardaí investigating a separate carjacking of a woman in Co Kildare have made significant progress in the case. On February 19, a woman aged in her 40s was left badly shaken after her car was taken at knife point in the Kill area.

Irish Independent

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