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Monday 11 December 2017

Car-jacker blasts woman with stun gun

DETECTIVES are hunting a vicious stun gun attacker in Dublin city.

The man launched a savage assault on a defenceless woman before stealing her car in a quiet residential area.

The traumatised woman was caught in the face with the stun gun during the brutal and unprovoked attack in Drumcondra. The man then stole her black SLK Mercedes.

Gardai today released a photo-fit of the man, who they believe to be extremely dangerous.

He targeted the isolated woman as she locked the door of her car on Crawford Avenue, a quiet residential street just north of the city centre.

She was returning home after training at a local swimming pool at around 9.50pm on Wednesday, September 29.

A source said: "The man pushed her to the ground and caught her in the face with the stun gun.

"He made his getaway in the woman's car, leaving her lying injured on the road."

Gardai are anxious to speak to anybody who may recognise the man in the photo, which will feature on RTE One's Crimecall programme tonight.

A spokesperson said: "The victim parked her car on Crawford Avenue and as she was getting out she was knocked to the ground. She suffered a shock to the face with what appears to have been a Taser."

The suspect is believed to be aged in his mid to late 20s with a distinctive head shape and light brown hair.

He was clean-shaven, has thin eyebrows and pimples on his face.

Gardai say the attack was particularly violent and the woman was left extremely shocked.

They are keen to find the culprit amid fears that he could strike again.

The use of stun guns is becoming increasingly worrying for gardai and people are being warned to be vigilant.

Last week three men who left an elderly German couple living in fear after a stun gun attack were jailed.

The gang bound and gagged Heinz Sperath (66) and his wife, Mary Sperath (72) at their rural home in Clondra, Co Longford, last December.

The elderly couple were left in such fear they now lock themselves inside their bedrooms at night.

All three defendants were convicted at Longford Circuit Court of trespass and aggravated burglary.

CRIMECALL, Tuesday, 10:15pm RTE One

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