Gardaí have appealed for witnesses following an alleged false imprisonment and attack on two women who claim they were held hostage by men they met on Facebook.
The Rice sisters, Amy, aged 21, and Nicole, 19, from Tallaght, Dublin, told gardaí they agreed to meet with two men they first made contact with on Facebook almost three weeks ago, but that the meeting quickly soured and the men beat them savagely.
The girls agreed to travel to Newbridge, Co Kildare, to meet the men, aged 25 and 30, for a drink last Thursday. They met at a bus stop before travelling to an apartment in Francis Lane shortly after 7.30pm.
According to Amy, one of the men soon started “acting weird”.
“They started to get aggressive and my sister got up to leave... and one of them pulled her hair, pushed her to the ground and started kicking her in the head,” she said
Amy said they tied the sisters up with rags “and put them on our mouths and just kept laughing and laughing as they beat us”.
The sisters said the men then asked them to ring “someone with money to pay a ransom”.
When the sisters said they did not have any money in their family, they were beaten further.
Amy said her sister made a run to the corridor outside and fell on the stairs trying to get away and passed out at the bottom.
“They thought she was dead and started ringing people on the phone and saying they needed to dig holes in the Wicklow mountains as they didn’t know what to do with these girls,” Amy said.
Amy said that the last thing she remembered was her sister lying at the bottom of the stairs before she blacked out.
“I thought we were going to die, I was full sure they were going to kill us,” she said. “They eventually let us go at about 3pm and said if we went to the guards they would kill us and our family.”
The sisters, who were covered in blood, ran out of the apartment and flagged down a man who was driving by with two children. He brought them to hospital.
The sisters believe they may have been drugged on the night of their ordeal.
Amy suffered a suspected fractured jaw and Nicole a broken nose.
Gardaí from Newbridge took statements from both women from their hospital beds.
In a statement, gardaí said they were the investigating the alleged false imprisonment and assault of two women at Francis Lane, between 9pm on Thursday, May 14, and 2pm on Friday, May 15. They appealed for witnesses, “particularly the gentleman who transported the injured women to Tallaght Hospital from Newbridge” in an orange car, to contact them at Newbridge Garda Station on 045 440180, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111 or any Garda station.
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