Gardaí are investigating an alleged sexual assault that occurred at a property that officers have been occupying for several months.
The Sligo town house – described as “a party house with an open-door policy” – was locked down for a few days last week while Gardaí conducted a forensic and technical investigation.
The property has been destroyed since the incident and is currently uninhabited.
That Irish Independently understands Gardaí are investigating a claim that a young woman was drugged and sexually assaulted in the home last Tuesday night.
No arrests have been made in the case being investigated by Sligo Gardaí.
“Gardaí is still in the evidence-gathering process in this investigation,” a source said.
Earlier this year, the same property where the woman was allegedly attacked last week was the subject of an investigation that cannot be described here for legal reasons.
“This involved different people and different circumstances, but the place was the same,” a source said.
“Not only are Gardaí concerned about the activity at this home, there are a number of elderly residents who live nearby and whose quality of life has been impacted by what is going on there. Antisocial behavior would be an understatement,” the source added.
The alleged victim in the case is understood to have been treated in a sexual assault treatment unit at a hospital.
The number of rapes reported to An Garda Síochána continues to rise, according to statistics from the first half of this year.
Figures released by Gardaí last month show a 23 percent increase in reported rape cases in the first six months of this year compared to 2021.
It also represents an 11 percent increase from 2019, the most recent pre-pandemic reference point.
Sex crimes have been on the rise in Ireland since early 2015 and although they appeared to plateau in 2020, the upward trend continued over the past year and then declined slightly (3 per cent) since January 2022.
A statement from An Garda Síochána at the time said: “The increase in sex crime figures may be related to changes in reporting behavior, making victims more likely to report sex crimes.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/gardai-launch-investigation-after-woman-allegedly-sexually-assaulted-at-party-house-that-was-focus-of-previous-probe-41983714.html Gardaí are launching investigations after a woman was allegedly sexually assaulted at the ‘party house’ which was the focus of the previous investigation