Friday 23 March 2018

Gardai found woman tied up with her mouth taped shut, court told

Accused Slawomir Gierlowski
Accused Slawomir Gierlowski

A garda has told a court how he found a woman on her knees on the ground with black duct tape all over her face and neck and her hands behind her back when he responded to an incident.

A suspect sighted nearby "zig-zagged" to avoid street lighting as he ran away from the scene.

Garda Niall Kenny was giving evidence in the trial of Slawomir Gierlowski (33), who is charged with carrying out attacks on three women over a five-year period.

Mr Gierlowski has pleaded not guilty to all nine charges.

One of the alleged attacks took place at a location in Clondalkin on September 3, 2015.

Gda Kenny told the jury that he was in a patrol car that night when he received details of an alleged incident over the garda radio.

The court heard the patrol car arrived at the nearby scene within minutes and Gda Kenny and Garda Brian Campbell got out.

Gda Campbell said he heard a muffled scream coming from behind them.

He ran to the source of the sound and saw a woman on her knees on the ground, with black duct tape all over her face and neck and her hands behind her back.

Gda Kenny said that he noticed a man jumping up from behind a vehicle parked around 50m further down the road.

He said that this man then took off running and he ran after him. He shouted "gardai, stop", but the suspect kept running.

He called for general assistance and uniformed and plain clothes units arrived at the scene. The assistance of the air support unit was unavailable because of weather conditions.

Gda Kenny said that the area had about "50pc" street lighting, which was partially covered by trees.


He said the suspect ran crossing the road in "zig zags" to avoid the street lights. Gda Kenny said he maintained the distance behind the man but lost sight of him.

Mr Gierlowski, of Galtymore Road, Drimnagh, is charged with falsely imprisoning and assaulting a woman in September 2016, at a location near Naas Road, Clondalkin, Dublin.

He is also charged with unlawfully having a hunting knife with intent to intimidate on the same occasion.

Mr Gierlowski is further charged with false imprisonment, sexual assault and assault of a second woman at another location in Clondalkin, on September 3, 2015.

Finally, he is charged with false imprisonment, sexual assault and assault of a third woman at this same location on September 11, 2011.

Dr Killian Bates told the jury he carried out a forensic medical examination of the victim.

He said he recorded injuries to her lip, cheek, wrists, arms, knuckles, wrist, inner thigh and right knee. He said that during an internal examination of the woman's vaginal area, a forensic sample was taken.

He said that as part of his conclusions, he noted the possible presence of semen.

He also recorded the possibility that the assailant was not indigenously Irish. He said that this had a bearing on a decision to prescribe anti-HIV prophylaxis to the woman.

Dr Bates said that this was relatively unusual but was in line with the apparent severity of the assault.

The trial continues before Judge Pauline Codd.

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