Gardaí appeal for witnesses to serious sexual assault

GARDAÍ are searching for a man who carried out a serious sexual assault on a woman while she was on her way home from a night out.

The alleged attack is said to have taken place on the side of a busy road in Glanmire, Co Cork.

A senior garda spokesman said the woman, in her 30s, had been socialising in the BK2 bar in the Crestfield Shopping Centre.

After leaving the pub, the victim walked out onto the Hazelwood Road and was heading in the direction of Brooklodge village, when her attacker is said to have stuck.

The sexual assault occurred a short distance from a pedestrian crossing on the Hazelwood road.

The victim, described by gardaí as a local woman, was said to been left very dazed and disorientated after the attack. However, she later managed to contact a relative and gardaí were subsequently alerted.

The woman was taken to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit at the South Infirmary/Victoria University Hospital where she was seen by medical staff.

Gardaí cordoned off the area where the attack was said to have taken place.

Garda technical experts then carried out a detailed examination in the search for clues as to the identity of the attacker.

They have also examined CCTV footage taken in the vicinity and carried out house-to-house inquiries.

“We are very anxious to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity of the pedestrian crossing between 2.30am and 5am last Sunday, June 8,” said the garda spokesman.

He added that even at that time of the morning, the Hazelwood road would be quite busy.

“There would have been a lot of people on their way home from pubs and nightclubs. That area is pretty heavily populated. Also there is a taxi base nearby which would have been busy,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cobh garda station at 021 4908530.


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