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Suspect in rape of special needs woman arrested


Rotunda Hospital

Rotunda Hospital

Rotunda Hospital

A SUSPECT for the brutal rape and abduction of a woman with special needs was arrested in Dublin today.

Gardai picked up a 31-year-old man following a dramatic swoop on an address in the Portobello area in the south inner city.

The arrest of the Pakistani national comes five days after the young woman was either lured or dragged back to a flat off the South Circular Road before she was raped.

Portobello is in close proximity to this area.

The young woman, who has Down Syndrome and is in her 20s, was held for an hour and raped near the Camden Street end of the South Circular Road.

She was later treated in the sexual assault unit of the Rotunda hospital.

Gardai said the victim had been out jogging with a family member but they became separated.

The young woman knows the area and later returned home in a traumatised state. Her mother then immediately raised the alarm.

The woman was deeply affected by her ordeal and required extensive treatment at the Sexual Assault Unit of the Rotunda Hospital.

Following an appeal by gardai last Thursday, several women contacted Kevin Street Garda Station and reported that a man had approached them in suspicious circumstances in the same area in a short time prior to the attack.

Some told how the man, described as of medium height with dark skin and black hair, had tried to lure them back to the same flat on Synge Street.

Gardai also conducted house-to-house inquiries and on Saturday they sealed off a ground floor flat where they believed the woman was attacked.

It is understood the suspect does not live in the flat, but has access to it on a daily basis.

This morning, gardai went to a flat in the Portobello area at 8am and arrested a man before taking him to Kevin Street Garda Station for questioning.

While the investigation is being led by local officers in Kevin Street, the Garda Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit are also involved.



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

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.