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Saturday 21 October 2017

Kym leaves hospital after horror ordeal that mystified gardai

Kym Owens is now recovering at home following the incident at the Moyglare Abbey Estate last November
Kym Owens is now recovering at home following the incident at the Moyglare Abbey Estate last November

An 18-year-old student who suffered horrific injuries in a mysterious incident last November has been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home with her parents.

Gardai say a full investigation is ongoing into how Maynooth University student Kym Owens suffered multiple injuries on the night of November 20.

There have been no arrests in the case despite officers interviewing almost 300 people.

It is understood that Kym has been recovering at her home in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, since earlier this month.

She had been in an induced coma at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown for a number of weeks after the incident.

Assault

Her injuries included broken eye sockets, a broken jaw and a broken nose. Kym also lost several teeth in the incident.

It is not known if the teenager has been able to help gardai with their enquiries but it had been thought she would have no memory of the incident because of her injuries.

Gardai have been investigating a number of theories, including whether she was the victim of a prolonged and vicious assault.

However, a more credible theory is that Kym may have suffered her injuries because of a heavy fall.

It is understood she was carrying a "very heavy bag" on her back and had shoes attached to her knapsack, hanging loose, which could have potentially caused a "terrible fall".

Another theory gardai have examined is whether Kym was struck by a vehicle.

The teenager had just got off a private bus service before the incident and was walking to her digs at the Moyglare Abbey Estate.

The investigation has been hampered by poor-quality CCTV because of heavy fog on the night. Gardai have not yet identified a potential suspect.

Collections have taken place both in Maynooth and Kym's home town of Castleblayney to raise cash for her family, with the total currently standing at almost €40,000.

Kym left her Co Monaghan home and boarded the A2B bus at around 6.15pm on November 20, arriving in Maynooth two hours later.

She walked 1km to the Moyglare Abbey Estate, where gardai initially believed she was attacked sometime between 8.15 and 8.40pm.

Officers said Kim, a first-year student of arts, suffered "extensive head injuries".

The bus had made stops at Carrickmacross, Castleblayney, Ardee and Slane before reaching Maynooth.

Conscience

There were 53 people on board and gardai have interviewed all these passengers as part of their long-running probe.

Last month, Kym's uncle Thomas McNee appealed for information on RTE's Sean O'Rourke Show.

"Examine your conscience. It could be your daughter or sister in that hospital," he said. "So if you know anything, please take a leap of faith and go to the gardai and tell them what you know."

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