Gardai release EvoFIT picture of man who tried to strangle Spanish au pair
A young au pair who a man tried to strangle in a daylight attack was forced to flee Ireland after her ordeal.
The Spanish woman, who was 23 at the time of the attack, was working in a south Dublin home when she was brutally assaulted.
It is understood that she had only been in the country for ten days before the attack and was left so traumatised she returned to Spain shortly afterwards.
Sources said last night that the woman is doing well since returning home and has been able to move on from the distressing incident.
It was the au pair's first time in Ireland when the attack took place on a Monday morning late last year.
A man gained entry to the house at 11.20am on October 5 when the woman was alone in the house in the Osprey area of Templeogue.
She initially believed he was a business colleague of her employers when she opened the door.
The man then grabbed her and threw her onto the floor, covered her mouth and attempted to strangle her.
He stuffed a sock in her mouth and used a tie in a bid to strangle her during the terrifying assault.
A struggle ensued and the brave childminder fought off her assailant, scratching his face and hands in self-defence.
The man then fled the scene but, despite a major garda hunt, the attacker has not yet been tracked down.
A man was taken into custody shortly after the attack but was later ruled out.
Although nothing was taken from the house during the violent attack, gardai have described it as an aggravated burglary. There was no sexual element to the crime.
As investigations continue gardai have released a photo-fit of the attacker that has been generated using new EvoFIT technology.
He is described as 40-50 years old, 5'7" to 5'9" in height, with a narrow, pointed nose and scars on his face. He has blue eyes.
He is said to have spoken with an Irish accent and was wearing black clothing, and possibly a sleeveless jacket, at the time of the attack.
The au pair worked with garda experts to generate the picture of her attacker in a bid to bring him to justice.
Gardai also have a DNA profile, which they can use to test potential suspects.
The image was shown on RTE's Crimecall programme last night, which also included an appeal for anyone with information that could be useful for investigating gardai to come forward, or to give the information anonymously.
Anyone with information on any of the crimes featured in the programme can contact Crimecall on 1800 40 50 60.