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Suspect identified in rape of woman with special needs

A SUSPECT in the horrific Dublin city rape of a young woman with special needs approached other women shortly before the attack.

A number of women have come forward with information that they were confronted by a man in the South Circular Road area.

Gardai are believed to have identified a man they wish to speak to in connection with the attack on Wednesday afternoon.

However, no arrests have been made.

It comes as officers issued a public appeal for assistance.

The victim was held for over an hour at a house after being approached by a man on the South Circular Road.

The woman, in her mid-20s, required extensive treatment at the Sexual Assault Unit of the Rotunda Hospital.

The victim was walking along South Circular Road towards Harrington Street between 4pm and 4.15pm "when she was accosted by a dark-skinned male", a garda spokesman said.

"They walked in the direction of Victoria Street / Lennox Street. It is believed that they entered a dwelling somewhere in the general area of the South Circular Road/ South Richmond Street/ Portobello area, where the assault took place."

The man had black hair and was of a medium height.

The victim is 4ft 10in, with shoulder-length brown hair.

She was wearing a black cardigan, beige top, black knee-length leggings and white runners.


Officers have requested anyone with CCTV cameras in their vehicles – such as taxis, vans or private buses – or on their property to make contact.

The victim was out jogging with her mother, but the pair were separated for a time.

Sources say that the young woman returned to her home in a "hysterical state".

Her worried parents immediately contacted gardai.

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

Investigating officers are appealing for anyone who may have seen the young woman in the company of a man fitting the description provided in the South Circular Road area to contact them.