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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Club assault arrest after Herald appeal

Push: Girl's elbow broken in row

Gardai have arrested a man in his 20s in relation to a savage assault on a teenage girl after the Herald launched an appeal about the case.

Last week, we published a photo of a man who gardai believed had key information about the assault which occurred outside a Dublin nightclub and within hours of the appeal being published the man made contact with gardai.

A suspect who comes from the Ballyfermot area was subsequently arrested by gardai at Pearse Street Station yesterday and questioned for a number of hours about the assault.

The man -- who was not previously known to gardai -- was released without charge yesterday evening and a file on the case will now be prepared for the DPP.

The Blanchardstown teenager suffered a broken elbow when she was assaulted in the leading south city nightclub on October 29 last.

The victim who had just turned 18 a few days before the attack -- was assaulted outside the nightclub on Dublin's Dame Street.



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A source explained: "She was assaulted firstly with the unknown offender pulling up her dress and slapping her bottom and when she tried to wriggle free he pushed her hard to the ground which ended up in her breaking her left elbow."

"The victim was left in a very traumatised state and in great physical pain after this incident.

The incident was witnessed by a bouncer who was standing outside the nightclub -- this man was then able to provide gardai with key details about the alleged attacker.

It is understood that the suspect who was arrested yesterday has admitted pushing the victim but completely denies any other aspect of the accusations in the case.

Sources say that the savage assault on the woman is just one of a number of serious incidents of a similar nature to occur at the nightclub which gardai describe as being "very well run".

kfoy@herald.ie

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