Women attacked at knifpoint in Limerick city

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

25 gardai are assigned to the investigation
TWO young men are expected to face prosecution after they were questioned in relation to two knife attacks on the outskirts of the city at the weekend.

TWO young men are expected to face prosecution after they were questioned in relation to two knife attacks on the outskirts of the city at the weekend.

Gardai at Henry Street are investigating the terrifying incidents which happened within minutes of each other on Sunday night.

According to gardai, two young women were threatened by the culprits who demanded they hand over their valuables.

Two suspects – aged 21 and 19 – were arrested a short time after the alarm was raised.

“The first robbery attempt happened on the Old Dublin Road where a 19 year old woman was threatened at knifepoint at 8.50pm,” said a garda spokesman” who added that the second incident happened around ten minutes later.

“At 9pm, a second victim, this time a 24 year old Chinese woman, was again threatened at knifepoint at Cois na hAbhainn, Rhebogue,” said the spokesman who added that while traumatised neither of the women were physically injured.

While two men were arrested and questioned about the incidents, gardai at Henry Street are appealing for anybody with information about either incident to contact them at (061) 212400.

Separately, a number of young men have been charged and brought before the courts in relation to an attempted robbery at a petrol station on the outskirts of the city on Sunday night.

The incident happened at around 8pm at Topaz, Dooradoyle at around 8pm.

According to gardai, a 23 year old staff member was held in a headlock by one of the culprits who threatened to stab him of he did not cooperate.

The culprits escaped empty-handed and investigations are ongoing.

Gardai at Roxboro Road garda station are investigating and can be contacted at (061) 214340.