Gardaí seek witnesses to attack on popular Limerick jogging route

The area of the Canal Bank at Rhebogue where the assualt is alleged to have occurred. Photo: Google Street View

GARDAÍ have appealed for help in tracing a teenage boy who they said attacked a woman as she was exercising on a popular jogging route in Limerick City.

Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Ber Leetch said the incident occurred last Wednesday, May 3, at 6.25pm when a woman in her mid-20s was out jogging on the Canal Bank in Rhebogue.

“She was listening to music and enjoying the nice evening. Suddenly two electric scooters with young males on them came up close to her at speed,” Sgt Leetch explained.

“She instinctively put her hands out and brushed off one of the youths. He continued but stopped, dropped his scooter and verbally abused her as he was walking back to her.

“She said that she did not see them but he roared more abuse and punched her into the side of her face. She was very shocked but had to continue on home and then she reported the assault to Gardaí

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“She described the youths as being between 12 and 14-years old. The youth that struck her was wearing a distinctive brown and orange hoodie and black pants. The other youth was dressed all in black with his hood up.

“The woman reported that the assault happened almost at the Richmond Rugby Club canal entrance, which is a very popular walking and cycling path.

“Gardaí are looking for witnesses to the assault or if anybody knows anything about these youths on e-scooters to contact Henry Street Garda Station on 061 212400 or any Garda station,” Sgt Leetch added.