COPS has launched a manhunt after a teenage girl was slashed with a blade while jogging – just weeks after the deadly assault on teacher Ashling Murphy
The girl was on the run in a remote area of Kilkenny when the abuser targeted her around lunchtime today.
The man, believed to be around 40 years old and dressed in dark clothing, rushed forward and stuck a pair of scissors around the girl’s neck as she walked along a country road near the village of Johnstown.
The teenager screamed and tried to defend herself before the beast slashed her leg in the struggle
Gardai said he spoke with an Irish accent before fleeing into a nearby field.
A Garda Helicopter and Garda Dog Unit were called to the scene after the girl escaped and called her parents to sound the alarm.
She was taken to St Luke’s Hospital for treatment with non-life threatening injuries. Officers suspected the man was trying to drag her into a nearby field.
A source said: “It is suspected that the suspect used scissors in this random attack.
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“The young girl simply jogged along when she was attacked. Thankfully, she suffered no serious injuries and is now recovering with her family.”
Councilmember Pat Fitzpatrick, Chairman of the Joint Policy Committee, expressed shock at the attack.
A rep for Fianna Fail said: “I am absolutely appalled that something like this could happen in Johnstown and our thoughts are with the young girl’s family. I encourage anyone with the tiniest bit of information on who might be responsible for this terrible incident to go ahead.
“I understand the young lady is in shock and we will all wish her the best in the days to come.”
INSPECTION OF CONTRIBUTIONS
The horrifying incident happened less than three weeks after causing a stir kill Ashling Murphy. The 23-year-old teacher was attacked while jogging along the Grand Canal in Tullamore, Co Offaly, on January 12.
Local Sinn Fein Councilor Denis Hynes said the incident has shocked the community.
He said: “It appears a girl was approached by an individual this morning at 12 o’clock and, thank God, she got rid of him. This is simply not good enough.
“This behavior cannot be allowed to continue. It’s shocking that this will happen, and it’s unbelievable that we’re back here when the country is still mourning over what happened to Ashling Murphy.
“Thankfully, the girl was able to escape the attacker and I hope that the rigors of the law will come down on this individual – and on any other individual who engages in such behaviour.”
CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY
“We have a great local community here and they will obviously rally around the family and will support the family in whatever way they need it.”
Councilor Hynes said Gardai in the area acted quickly and was confident the attacker would be apprehended.
He added: “I strongly urge anyone with information or who may be able to assist with the gardai investigation in any way to contact them.
“I have a daughter and she goes for walks and runs and I wouldn’t be able to handle it if I heard something like this happened to her. I can’t believe it, I’m really just shocked. It is just a beggar’s belief.
“It makes you wonder what kind of creeps out there behave like that. It just stuns you to think that someone would even try that or even try that. “
Gardai has opened an investigation into the attack and called for witnesses to come forward to the area.
The spokesman said: “Gardai is in Kilkenny is investigating the details of an incident between a teenage girl and an unidentified man that occurred near Johnstown, shortly after 12pm.
“The girl was approached and assaulted by a young man before he left the scene.
“Gardai did an initial interview with the girl. The male is described as a Caucasian male in his 40s with an Irish accent. Gardai continues to fulfill requests and recall CCTV from the area. ”
Gardai urges anyone traveling on the R639 between Johnstown and The Gallops, Ballyspellan, between 11am and 12:15pm to contact them on 056 777 5000.
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