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Manhunt on for rapist who savagely beat woman with iron bar in attack

A MANHUNT is underway for a violent sex attacker who savagely attacked a woman with an iron bar before brutally raping her in a sickening attack.

The shocking incident happened at Cookstown Road in Tallaght in the early hours of Sunday morning at a location close to St Mark's Church and a local GAA club.

The traumatised woman required hospital treatment for extensive injuries after the disturbing incident which occurred while the victim was on her way home after a night out. The woman who is in her mid-20s is understood to live in the Tallaght area.

A senior source said: "This was a particularly brutal and violent attack and the woman has been left severely traumatised and badly injured."

A major investigation has been launched and gardai are appealing for information about the case.

CCTV is being studied and a major part of the investigation will be to determine if the rape is linked to any other sex crime.


In these type of cases, specialist gardai use a system called VICLAS, the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System, a computer developed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the early 1990s to compare different crimes for similarities.

Sources say that VICLAS is "especially useful" for investigating random sexual assault or rape cases as it uses behavioural analysis, traditional lines of enquiry and geographical profiling.

Anyone with information should ring Tallaght Garda on 01 6666000 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111.