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Saturday 10 December 2016

Gardai return to scene of Kym assault one week on to question drivers

Gardai at the scene one week after the brutal attack
Gardai at the scene one week after the brutal attack

Gardai investigating the brutal assault on student Kym Owens have returned to the scene of the attack one week on, along with locals who were among the first on the scene.

Every car driving past the estate where Ms Owens was viciously attacked last week was stopped and questioned.

The 18-year-old student was set upon at around 8.30pm, while returning to her digs at the Moyglare Abbey Estate, in Maynooth, Co Kildare.

Information

From before 8pm yesterday, officers investigating the case were out in force encouraging people to provide any of information they might have, even if it seemed insignificant to them.

"Quite often officers will return to the scene around the same time as the incident a week later.

"The idea is that many of the people going about their business will be doing as they were doing on the night," a source said.

At least two detectives and an officer with a sniffer dog were among the units on the scene, as around 20 locals also came out to help.

Some of those were neighbours who were the first to come to the aid of Ms Owens.

Gardai were trying to jog people's memories, as well as looking for any evidence that might be at the scene and have slipped through the net.

As was the case last week, a steady stream of students from Maynooth University were returning to their accommodation after the weekend.

One girl, who was stopped by the gardai, said there was a level of fear in the community. She said there was concern about the fact there is no chief suspect and no motive has yet been found.

Safer

"At first we heard the attack was someone she might have known, but now we don't know.

"It's good to know at least that gardai are out on the streets and it does make us feel a bit safer," the student, who didn't want to be named, said.

Gardai remained at the scene for more than an hour.

Ms Owen's family stayed at her bedside in Connolly Hospital over the weekend. Her father Ray told the Sunday World she was "doing as well as she can".

The student is recovering from numerous injuries - including a broken jaw, broken eye sockets and a broken nose.

Gardai are hopeful that the first-year arts student will have information on her attacker.

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