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Sexual Assault in Tralee, Co. Kerry on the 28/8/16

The Gardaí at Tralee Garda Station, are investigating a Sexual Assault that occurred in the early hours of Sunday 28th August 2016 at Shanakill Estate, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

The victim had been out with friends in a local public house in the town earlier in the night. They then left and got a takeaway. The woman decided to get a taxi home and walked towards the taxi rank but there were no taxis there so she decided to walk home.

The woman walked on Ashe Street towards the Upper Rock Road, as she walked past the Burger Shack Restaurant, a light coloured three-door Fiat Punto car drove slowly alongside her, the driver attempted to talk to the woman but she ignored him and continued walking. The car drove along beside her again for a short time before driving off.

As the woman walked past Monalee Estate the three-door Fiat Punto car drove by her.

The woman walked along the path leading to the Shanakill Estate. A Fiat Punto car drove into the car park beside the Shanakill Estate and parked. As the woman walked along the footpath she passed a man walking towards her. As she got to the entrance of the estate she was grabbed from behind and sexually assaulted. The woman struggled and screamed. She dropped her handbag and ran from the man. The man picked up the woman’s belongings and fled.

Approximately ten minutes later, the Fiat Punto car drove out of the car park at Shanakill towards the Monalee Road.  

Appeal:

• Gardaí were appealing to anyone in the Shanakill area of Tralee on Sunday 28th August 2016 who may have seen something suspicious to come forward.

• Gardaí were appealing to anyone who may be in a position to identify the driver of the light coloured Fiat Punto car to come forward. 

Gardaí at Tralee Garda Station are investigating Tel: (066) 710 2300