Teen raped at spot where schoolgirl (14) was attacked
A TEENAGE girl has been raped in a brutal attack at a secluded city walkway.
Residents living near to where the sex attack occurred in Waterford wanted the area closed because of another rape there nine years ago.
Gardai were last night following a definite line of inquiry in relation to the rape of the girl at the St John's River Walk in Kilbarry, which is also an unofficial entrance from the Tramore Road into the Cherrymount housing estate.
In March 2005, a 14-year-old girl was raped at the same spot after getting off a bus from Tramore.
Locals say that they have stopped using the walkway, particularly at night, because of drinking and public order nuisance in that area.
Gardai are seeking assistance from the public about the attack at the walkway - opposite the Kingfisher Fitness Club complex - on Thursday night between 11:15pm and 12:15am yesterday.
It is understood that the girl did not need to be hospitalised in relation to the attack but is seriously traumatised.
Sgt Gavin Hegarty last night added: "We are investigating a serious incident in that location and we are satisfied that there were at least four people in the Cherrymount estate [entrance] between 11pm and 1am.
"We are appealing for those people to help us, they may have witnessed something," he added.
Sgt Hegarty could not comment on questions relating to a possible connection between the latest incident and the attack in 2005.
Anyone with information on the attack or who may have seen something suspicious in the area can contact the gardai in Waterford on 051305300 or call Garda Confidential Hotline on 1800 666 111.
One resident, who did not wish to be named, said that the bushes in the area are normally cut back by now but have become overgrown recently.
"I hate to say it but, this was on the cards. It's such a shame that isolated incidents like these ruin the amenity for everybody," said the local.
"At this time of year, there are always people down there drinking. There were a couple of people actually living in the bushes down there," he said.
"It's well lit now but it's been very overgrown down there, with the bushes. You could see where someone could be attacked with the bushes the way they are.
"I can't for the life of me figure out how women cross there with buggies and kids," he added.
In the rape incident nine years ago, the teenage victim had just got off a bus and was raped near her own front door.