Limerick gardai launch manhunt following 'serious' sexual assault on student

Limerick gardai investigate ‘serious' sexual assault on student

Gardai at Henry Street are investigating the incident

A MAJOR garda investigation has been launched after a student was attacked and sexually assaulted while walking on the northside of the city, the Limerick Leader has learned.

It is understood the woman, who is aged in her early 20s, was approached by a man who knocked her to the ground and assaulted her during the incident, which happened earlier this month.

Sources have confirmed the culprit wore latex gloves, dark clothing and a hooded top, leading gardai to believe the attack was pre-planned and pre-meditated.

It is also understood the man threatened the woman and took her mobile phone following the violent incident.

“Gardaí are investigating a serious assault incident that occurred on the 17th of April 2018 at approximately 3am near Moyola Terrace, Ennis Road,” said a garda spokesperson.

The Limerick Leader understands a detailed description, including an evo-fit of the suspect, has been circulated to garda stations across the country and that detectives are also liasing with their colleagues at Europol and Interpol.

CCTV footage from the area has been obtained as part of the investigation and gardai have taken a formal statement of complaint from the woman, who is a student at Limerick Institute of Technology.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Henry Street garda station on 061-212400.

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