Gardai decline to answer questions in relation to alleged sexual assault probe

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Gardaí probing an alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl in Co Limerick last May have declined to say whether or not they have questioned anyone as part of the investigation.

When asked if there had been any arrests in connection with the alleged crime, a Garda spokesperson replied: “No further information is available at this time in relation to this incident. Investigations are ongoing.”

Gardaí did not respond when pressed for a specific response to the query.

Last May, Gardaí confirmed they were investigating an assault of a sexual nature.

A Garda spokesperson then stated: “I refer to your query and am to advise that Gardaí in Bruff are investigating an alleged assault that occurred in (named area) on the evening of Saturday, 7th of May, 2022. Investigations ongoing.”

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It’s understood the teenage girl had gone to an area to socialise with a group of friends before the alleged assault occurred.

Gardaí are investigating whether a number of youths were in the area at the time of the alleged assault, and if so, if they may be able to assist Gardaí with their enquiries.

Specially trained Gardaí, who are attached to a Garda National Protective Services Bureau (GNPSB), are utilised to investigate allegations of sexual assault involving minors. However, Gardaí have declined to say if this unit is involved.

Gardaí have also declined to answer questions as to whether any clothing or any other items of a potential evidence have been seized or forensically examined.

Anyone with information can contact Bruff Garda station at 061-382940, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111, or any Garda Station.