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Face of man who holds key to sex strangler probe

THIS is the man who gardai say has key information about a savage rape of a woman and the attempted strangulation of another female in separate attacks in Dublin.

DNA from a suspect -- who is believed to be a foreign national -- was recovered at both scenes where two women who were badly beaten and choked in attacks 12 months apart.

Gardai are working on the theory that the strangler who targeted the woman has "a fetish" for a particular type of woman: both victims are "very similar in terms of their appearance", according to sources.

Officers have released CCTV images of a man who they believe has crucial information about the attacks, including one photo of a man on a moped.

Choked

The most recent incident occurred in the early hours of 11 September, 2011, in Clondalkin, Dublin.

The victim had been socialising in Clondalkin village and was walking to her home on the Monastery Estate between 3am and 4am when she was attacked.

She left her friends not far from her destination and soon after was passed by a man who approached from behind her. She said goodnight to the man.

Moments later she was attacked from behind by a man who grabbed her and pushed her to the ground. He then placed his hand over her mouth and began choking her.

The woman fought off her attacker, scraping his face and biting the flesh between his thumb and index finger.

The attacker continued to punch the woman in the face but he then stopped suddenly and ran off in the direction of Monastery Road.

Just under a year earlier, in the early hours of September 18, 2010, the same man savagely attacked a woman at the the Chandler Apartment Complex on Arran Quay on the north side of Dublin city centre.

The victim went into the grounds of the apartment block at about 3am after a night socialising. She was followed by a man who knocked her to the ground and punched and kicked her in the face and body.

Escaped

The woman was conscious throughout. After her attacker had raped her, he escaped by climbing over the gate on to Lincoln Lane.

The suspect is 5ft 10in to 6ft 1in in height and about 23 to 27. He is fair-haired, had a good physique, spoke with a foreign accent, and wore boot-cut jeans and a distinctive blue jacket with an "Italia logo" design printed on the back.

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