Fears Kym 'may have no memory of horror attack' on way home
Gardai are "deeply concerned" that 18-year-old Kym Owens will not be able to give them the key information they need to catch her attacker.
The Maynooth University student, who remains in the intensive care unit of Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, has not yet given a statement to gardai.
Last night, a senior source said detectives fear the teenager may have no memory of the brutal attack on Sunday night last week.
Gardai are waiting for doctors at the hospital to give them permission to talk to the student, from Castleblayney, Co Monaghan.
This is not expected to happen until later this week.
"It is a matter of deep concern to us that Kim may not remember exactly what happened on the night of the attack," a senior source said last night.
"This is common enough in cases like this. She suffered a terrible ordeal.
"Whatever she does remember, if anything, may prove absolutely crucial to solving this horrific crime, but we will not be talking to her until she is ready."
Kym was viciously beaten while walking to her digs on the Moyglare Abbey Estate, Maynooth after getting off a private bus that had travelled from Monaghan.
Gardai are still investigating the possibility that her attacker may have been among the other 52 people on the bus.
A senior source said yesterday that gardai are "close to accounting" for all the passengers but have not yet accounted for them all.
It was disclosed yesterday that gardai have already taken more than 160 statements in the disturbing case.
Kym's injuries include broken eye sockets, a broken jaw and a broken nose. She also lost several teeth in the attack.
Residents in Maynooth, which is home to 12,000 students, are fearful because the attacker is still at large.
In an information appeal a week after the attack, gardai investigating the case encouraged people to provide any of information they might have, regardless of how unimportant it may seem.
Besides gardai not being able to talk to Kym, the investigation has been hampered by the poor quality of CCTV footage due to heavy fog on the night of the attack.