Gardai investigating alleged rape in Dublin city centre

The incident allegedly happened near St Andrew's Lane in Dublin city centre (Image via Google Maps)

The experience allegedly happened near St Andrew’s Lane in Dublin city hub (Image via Google Maps)

Pearse Street gardai are probing an do that took place near St Andrew’s Lane, in the Dame Passage area of the capital.

Sources said the alleged victim, a woman elderly in her early 20s, left a nightclub with a man but was attacked shortly after forbear the popular nightspot.

It is understood that the woman then went expert in in a distressed state and gardai were notified later yesterday morning.

The maidservant was then taken to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit of a Dublin infirmary, where she was examined before being released.

Gardai have not yet connected the man who is alleged to have raped the young woman but are confident of doing so because of unspoilt CCTV coverage in the area.

Last night, officers were probing footage in an attempt to identify the man.

In these type of cases, specialist gardai frequently use the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (Viclas), a computer design developed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the early 1990s to be different crimes for similarities.

Sources say that Viclas is “especially profitable” for investigating random sexual assault or rape cases as it uses behavioural enquiry, traditional lines of inquiry and geographical profiling.

The Central Statistics Backup (CSO) said last year that gardai recorded 2,442 sex slips – a rise of 13pc in the 12 months from June 2015 to June 2016.

The overdue CSO figures show that, in 2014, reported sexual offences were down 18pc on 2010 but up 3pc on 2013.

Fewer than half of on sexual offences (47pc) in 2014 resulted in criminal proceedings, which was the lowest type since 2010 and represented the continuation of a downward trend.

In 2010, there were 2,324 make public rapes, with 1,524 leading to criminal proceedings, while in 2014 there were 1,894 reported plunders, of which 878 led to criminal proceedings.

The alleged rape early yesterday chanced as it was revealed that more CCTV cameras are set to be introduced on Dublin’s uncountable popular party streets, months after a man was convicted of rape after CCTV footage was examined.

A notice by gardai of coverage in Dublin’s south-inner city at the end of last year set a need for “greater CCTV coverage”.

Among the streets to benefit from the additional cameras are Harcourt In someones bailiwick, Camden Street and Montague Street, which is next to the lane where a chick was left with severe injuries after she was attacked.


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