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Woman on way to work in horror city rape attack

a woman on her way to work in Dublin has claimed she was dragged down a laneway by three men and raped.

The shocking incident was reported on Sunday night after the woman, a foreign national, told gardai she was brutally attacked.

The victim was understood to have been on her way to work in a city takeaway at the time of the attack, which happened in broad daylight at 7.45pm in Phibsboro.

The victim said three men had tried to engage her in conversation as she walked through the Cabra Park area.

The young woman ignored the men and kept walking.

But she told gardai that moments later she was dragged down a nearby laneway.

Investigators were told by the victim that one man held her down while a second man raped her.

The woman said the third man watched for a time before fleeing.

The other two attackers then ran away a short time later.

The victim contacted gardai immediately and was later brought to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit at the Rotunda hospital.

"This matter is being taken very seriously by gardai," a garda spokesman told the Herald today.

"This woman was minding her own business and walking to work in the city when these three men singled her out.

ASSAULT

"Officers at Mountjoy station are investigating the alleged sexual assault of a young woman at 7.45pm on Sunday," they added.

The suspected attackers are described as being in their early 20s and are thought to be Irish nationals.

The victim gave gardai a description of the alleged rapist as being around 5ft 10ins tall with red cheeks and distinctive crooked teeth.

Gardai are examining CCTV footage recorded in the area to see if it could have picked up images of the suspects or the victim before or after the alleged attack.

Officers have also carried out house-to-house enquiries in Cabra Park and surrounding areas.

The scene of the alleged attack was sealed off today and examined by a forensic team from the garda technical bureau.

Gardai have asked for any witnesses who were in the area of Cabra Park who may have seen any groups of young men or suspicious activity between 7pm and 8pm to get in touch.

Mountjoy garda station can be contacted on 01 6668600.

Callers can also use the garda confidential line on 1800 666111 or get in touch with any garda station.

cfeehan@herald.ie


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