Teenage girl sexually assaulted on way home from Rose of Tralee festival, victim of ambush attack, Gardaí fear

Gardaí fear a young girl who was subjected to serious sexual assault in Kerry was the victim of an ambush-style attack on her way home.

The 17-year-old girl remains deeply distraught at the brutal attack that took place in a secluded part of Tralee town park as the Tralee Rose celebrations reached their climax.

It is believed that the girl had just left a few friends and was attacked alone in the park.

The affected park area is a popular hangout for youngsters – and gardaí believe someone may have seen the attacker nearby late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning.

Gardaí hope CCTV cameras located at the edge of the park may have caught the attacker fleeing.

Investigators are hoping to get a description of the attacker from the teenager.

The incident happened early Wednesday as the Rose of Tralee Festival in the city of North Kerry drew to a close with hundreds of people gathering at various street entertainment events.

Large crowds celebrated Tralee as it hosted its first Rose event since 2019, the year before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to initial reports, the teenager was confronted and attacked while walking home.

One theory being investigated is that the teen may have been mugged – or even followed to the area where the attack took place.

Gardaí declined to comment on the exact nature of the attack.

However, a source described it as “a shocking and nasty attack.”

The distraught teenager was treated for shock after the incident and referred to a specialist.

She also receives counseling offers.

“Gardaí is investigating an alleged attack that reportedly took place in Tralee Town Park on Wednesday (24 August),” said a Gardaí spokesman.

“Investigations into this matter are ongoing. No further information is available at this time.”

Detectives checked to see if anyone saw or heard suspicious activity in the city park area at the time.

Officials believe someone must have seen or heard something as there were a large number of revelers in the area at the time.

Gardaí are reviewing CCTV surveillance camera footage from a number of premises in the area and hope the attacker was caught entering or exiting the park.

The attack occurred in an area planted with trees and shrubs that made it darker than other parts of the park.

https://www.independent.ie/news/teen-girl-sexually-assaulted-while-walking-home-from-rose-of-tralee-festival-was-subject-to-ambush-style-attack-gardai-fear-41936419.html Teenage girl sexually assaulted on way home from Rose of Tralee festival, victim of ambush attack, Gardaí fear

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