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Tuesday 25 April 2017

Fresh appeal for witnesses to horror assault on student Kym

Gardai search the scene of the attack in Maynooth for clues
Gardai search the scene of the attack in Maynooth for clues

Gardai have again appealed for witnesses or any information regarding the horrific attack on a student in Maynooth.

Officers investigating the assault on Kym Owens (18) said last night they are still urging the public to come forward.

Gardai are keeping an open mind on suspects for the attack, which left the third-level student, from Monaghan, in hospital with serious injuries.

Kym was walking to her accommodation when she was attacked and savagely beaten.

Officers from Leixlip Garda Station are investigating the incident.

Kym remains in Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown after suffering severe facial injuries in the assault.

She was attacked at the entrance to the Moyglare Abbey estate after travelling from her home town, near Castleblayney, on a private bus on November 20.

A team of detectives have taken 200 statements and trawled though hours of CCTV footage in an attempt to progress the case.

Funds

In an information appeal, which took place a week after the attack, gardai encouraged people to provide any information they might have, regardless of how unimportant it might seem.

As part of their inquiries, gardai have also interviewed 52 people who travelled on the same bus as Kym from her home town.

A number of fundraising events were held by local businesses in the area for the young student.

One establishment, The Roost Maynooth, which is a popular venue for local students, managed to raise more than €11,000 after holding a fundraiser.

Gardai have asked anybody with information to contact the investigation headquarters at Leixlip Garda Station on 01 6667800.

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