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Wednesday 26 April 2017

Irishman (32) accused of bid to kill woman in sex attack

AN IRISHMAN has been arrested for allegedly trying to kill a woman during an alleged sex attack in Spain.

Jeffrey Michael O'Shaughnessy (32), from Limerick, is alleged to have indecently assaulted the woman in a lift, before trying to strangle her as she attempted to escape.

The 45-year-old Spaniard was on her way to work in a law firm, when the alleged attack happened on Wednesday morning in Malaga on the Costa del Sol.



Grabbed

She has told police that Mr O'Shaughnessy followed her into the lift as she headed to the lawyer's office where she works, grabbed her by the neck and indecently assaulted her.

Colleagues heard her cries for help as the lift reached the third floor of the building in central Malaga – and have told detectives they raced out to find the Irishman trying to strangle her with one hand and forcing her mouth shut to stifle her screams with the other.

A police patrol which was near the scene arrived minutes later to take O'Shaughnessy away in handcuffs.

The alleged victim has told investigators she had never seen the Irishman before.

Today O’Shaughnessy was in custody pending a court appearance before an investigating judge who is now probing the incident.

The court hearing will be closed to the press and the public and is expected to conclude with O'Shaughnessy's remand in custody.

A spokesman for Malaga's National Police said: “A 32-year-old Irishman is currently being held in custody on suspicion of indecent assault and attempted murder.”

A source added: “If it had not been for this woman's colleagues hearing her screams and coming to her aid, we could have had a murder on our hands.

“The attack took place in daylight in a public place. It defies logical explanation.

“We're not sure if the attacker had been following his victim or was an opportunist who struck when he got his chance.

“An investigating judge will now try to get to the bottom of what has happened.”

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