Gardai investigating a vicious late night attack on a 21 year-old Clonmel woman in a car a year and a half ago are offering a reward for information in relation to the crime.
Clonmel District Garda Superintendent William Leahy issued a renewed appeal for information on the serious assault on the Crimecall programme on RTE 1 on Monday night.
He said there was a Crimestoppers reward being offered for information that will help the gardai solve this crime that occurred while the victim was being taken in a car from Clonmel to Tipperary in the early hours of August 9, 2013.
A re-enactment of the young woman’s movements and the attack on that Thursday night/Friday morning was broadcast on Crimecall.
It detailed how the victim headed into the town centre with friends in a taxi around midnight, arriving at a nightclub around 12.30am. They spent a few hours in the busy club chatting with people they knew. She was separated a few times from her friends and they danced a lot. The three young women left the club around 2.20am and walked around the town for an hour after the club closed.
The victim stopped at one point to talk to two men in a blue/navy Passat type car parked on Parnell St. while her friends walked on. She headed down Nelson Street in the direction of New Quay and caught up with her friends. But she was alone again as she walked towards the Co. Council offices where she started chatting to some men in a silver Golf style car parked on Parnell St. around 3.20am. They invited her to a party in Tipperary Town and she agreed to go and got into the car. There were two men in the front of the car and one in the back. During the journey, the man in the back seat started to assault her. She kept telling him to stop but he continued to attack her. The car stopped suddenly at Scallagheen on the outskirts of Tipperary. The man who had assaulted her in the car smashed her face into the ground before leaving her on the roadside. The victim’s front teeth were knocked out; she suffered cuts to her face and mouth and she was extremely traumatised. Around 4.40am she made her way to a nearby house and raised the alarm. She was wearing a t-shirt that was not hers. The Crimecall show displayed a picture of the black t-shirt with the slogan 68 Octane on the front.
Supt.Leahy said it was an extremely serious incident but he was glad to report that the victim was making progress with the help of family and friends.
He appealed to anyone who saw suspicious activity in Clonmel and on the road to Tipperary that night to contact the Gardai. He reported there had been sightings of a similar Golf type car travelling through Scallagheen and Bansha after the victim was located. Supt.Leahy particularly appealed to the occupants of the Passat type car and the silver Golf type car and any person with knowledge of the crime to come forward and assist the gardai with their investigation.
He said there was a strong chance the occupants of the silver Golf type car where the attacked is believed to have happened talked to somebody about the incident.
Clonmel Garda Station can be contacted at (052) 6122222.