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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Party streets set to get extra CCTV after horror rape

Convicted rapist Rafael Tiso
Convicted rapist Rafael Tiso

More CCTV cameras are set to be introduced on Dublin's most popular party streets - months after a man was convicted of rape after CCTV footage was utilised.

A review by gardai of coverage in Dublin's south inner city at the end of last year found a need for "greater CCTV coverage".

Among the streets to benefit from the additional cameras are Harcourt Street, Camden Street and Montague Street, which is next to the lane in which a woman was left with severe injuries after she was attacked.

Last November, rickshaw driver Rafael Tiso (31), from Brazil, was jailed for 13 years for the rape in Montague Lane in January 2016.

Tiso, who was operating in the Harcourt Street area, was captured on CCTV leaving a nightclub with the intoxicated victim and walking with her down a side street before going into the lane with her. He left the lane 40 minutes later and returned to drink in the same bar.

A passer-by heard a moaning noise and discovered the woman lying on the ground between a truck and a car.

Authorities say that the increase in footfall in the area has triggered the move for more CCTV, which will be installed in the coming months.

In response to a request from Dublin City Council, gardai at Pearse Street said that they are currently modernising communications and incident management systems.

Once this is completed there will be a capacity for an "increase in CCTV monitoring and proactive observation".

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The statement added: "Gardai at Pearse Street carried out a review of the public CCTV system during 2016 to take into account and reflect the change in dynamics and usage of areas of the district.

"Montague Street and the wider area of Harcourt Street and Camden Street was identified as an area which would benefit from greater CCTV coverage, particularly in light of the significant increase in night-time economy in the area.

"The additional CCTV cameras in this area will be a joint approach between An Garda Siochana, Dublin City Council and possibly local business interests."

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