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Woman (20) 'raped on her way to work' in Dublin

By Conor Feehan

Gardai are investigating an alleged rape after a woman claimed she was dragged down a laneway in Dublin city.

The incident was reported on Sunday night after the woman, a foreign national, told gardai she was attacked.

The woman was on her way to work in a city centre takeaway.

The victim said three men had tried to engage her in conversation as she walked through Cabra Park in Phibsboro but she had ignored them.

But moments later she was dragged down a laneway where one man held her down while a second man raped her.

The woman said the third man watched before fleeing and the other two men ran away a short time later.

She contacted gardai immediately and was later brought to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit at the Rotunda hospital.

“This matter is being taken very seriously by gardai. Officers at Mountjoy station are investigating the alleged sexual assault of a young woman at 7.45pm on Sunday,” said a garda spokesman.

The suspected attackers are described as being in their early 20s and are thought to be Irish nationals.

The victim gave gardai a description of the alleged rapist as being around 5ft 10ins tall with red cheeks and crooked teeth.

Gardai are examining CCTV footage in the area and have carried out house-to-house enquiries.

The scene of the alleged attack was also examined by a forensic team from the garda technical bureau.

Gardai have asked for any witnesses to contact Mountjoy garda station.

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