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Monday 1 May 2017

Gardai hope CCTV will lead to sex attacker who targeted woman on road

The Bayview estate, near the scene of the attack
The Bayview estate, near the scene of the attack

Gardai hunting for a man in relation to a sexual assault on a woman in Killiney are hoping footage from nearby CCTV cameras will help identify the suspect.

Cameras mounted metres from the scene at the entrance to the Bayview estate on Killiney Hill Road may have picked up images of the attacker.

The woman, who is in her 40s, was assaulted by a man close to the estate at about 5pm on Monday. She had walked from the nearby Killiney Dart station. The victim managed to fight off the attacker, who then ran off.

Gardai are trying to establish whether the man - described as tall and thin and wearing white runners - followed the woman for a short distance before launching the attack, or if she was targeted by him as he walked towards her.

They are certain, however, that he fled down Killiney Hill Road after the attack.

Local councillor Cormac Devlin said: "This is the second serious incident in the Killiney area this year. In light of these incidents, I have asked council management to review lighting in the Killiney/Shankill area to ensure it is fit for purpose."

Council officials have since promised to replace six dim lights around the area where the attack took place, and will also trim back trees to improve visibility.

The works will take place over the coming days.

Local residents have said they are now fearful of walking alone in the area, especially as the attack follows an incident that saw three young American women targeted while they were waiting for an airport bus on January 11.

Among the attackers who targeted the Americans was a man wearing a white or light-coloured hoodie.

Gardai do not know yet if the attacks are related, but they have left locals feeling worried.

Wary

"I used to jog in the evenings, but I'm much more wary now. My children used to be able to walk around on their own too, but now I have more concerns," one Killiney mother told the Herald.

The Bayview estate has an active neighbourhood watch scheme and a residents association.

The matter will be discussed at the neighbourhood watch meeting tomorrow night, when gardai will be in attendance to reassure residents.

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