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Tuesday 6 December 2016

'If you can help find Kym's attacker please do come forward now', plead gardai

Garda Superintendent Gerry Wall Picture: Collins
Garda Superintendent Gerry Wall Picture: Collins

Gardai have made a fresh appeal in the investigation into the brutal attack on university student Kym Owens, urging anyone with information to get in touch "sooner rather than later".

Garda Superintendent Gerry Wall urged anyone with any information to contact gardai, no matter how trivial the information may seem, as it could prove to be a vital help.

Kym (18) remains in a stable condition at Blanchardstown Hospital following the violent attack at a housing estate in Maynooth, Co Kildare, on Sunday night.

"If anyone has any information that will help our investigation, it is better we get it sooner rather than later," said Supt Wall.

Gardai want to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity of the Moyglare Abbey estate or anyone who was on the A2B coach from Monaghan to Maynooth used by the Castleblayney student on Sunday.

Detectives are investigating a number of possibilties about how the attack happened. The possibility that the attacker may have been on the same bus as Kym is just one of many lines of inquiry, investigators said.

Maynooth is considered to be a safe community in which to live and the violent attack was "a very rare occurrence" in the town, said gardai.

Kym's injuries include broken eye sockets, a broken jaw and broken nose, and she lost several teeth.

A spokeswoman for the A2B coach company said about 40 people travel from Monaghan to Maynooth on Sunday nights.

Towns along the route include Monaghan, Castleblayney, Carrickmacross, Ardee, Collon, and Slane, and the bus arrived in Maynooth at about 8pm.

An incident room at Leixlip Garda Station can be contacted on 016667800.

Gardai have advised students about personal safety and asked for any information that could help the investigation.

Female students have been taking precautions about their personal safety.

Agitated

Someone may have seen Kym's attacker that night with marks on their clothing or body and they may have been in an agitated state.

Kym is 5ft 3in tall with long brown hair. She was wearing a dark green coat with a hood. She also wore a red hoodie and black jeans.

She is believed to have walked along Moyglare Road after getting off the bus prior to being attacked. She wore white runners and carried a distinctive green bag with a yellow handle, with the word "Castleblayney" on the side.

The road was well lit but conditions were very foggy, which reduced visibility.

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