Gardaí were last night following a definite line of enquiry in relation to the rape of the girl at St John’s River Walk in Kilbarry, which is also an unofficial entrance from the Tramore Road into the Cherrymount housing estate.
Late one evening in March 2005, a 14-year-old girl was raped at the same spot after she was followed when she got off of the bus from Tramore.
Locals say that they have stopped using the walkway, particularly at night, because of drinking and public order nuisance in that area.
However, the walkway and Kilbarry Bog are due for a facelift in the hope of attracting eco-tourists, as laid out in Waterford City and County Council’s Nature Park Management Plan [2012-2019].
Gardaí cordoned off the area yesterday pending a technical examination.
One resident, who did not wish to be named, said that the bushes in the area are normally cut back by now but have become overgrown recently.
Meanwhile, despite calls to improve lighting at the walkway when the girl was attacked in 2005, it remained in the dark until last winter, said the local.
“I hate to say it but, this was on the cards,” said the resident. “It’s such a shame that isolated incidents like these ruin the amenity for everybody. At this time of year, there are always people down there drinking. There were a couple of people actually living in the bushes down there.
“It’s well-lit now, but it’s been very overgrown down there, with the bushes.”
Gardaí are seeking assistance from the public information about the attack at the walkway opposite the Kingfisher Fitness Club complex on Thursday between 11:15pm and 12:15am .
Det Sgt Donal O’Donohue last night confirmed that investigators are following a definite line of enquiry in relation to the attack.
* Anyone with information about the attack in the area can contact gardaí in Waterford on 051305300 or call the Garda Confidential Hotline on 1800 666 111.