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Gardai fear serial sex beast is on the loose in south Dublin

Two attacks in less than a month
Two attacks in less than a month

Gardai fear a serial sex beast is on the loose and may strike again, after it emerged that a second woman was the victim of an attempted sexual assault in south Dublin.

Earlier this month, a brave young woman in her 20s spoke out to reveal how she screamed and kicked the assailant as he tried to drag her into a secluded wooded area in Shankill, at around 7pm on Sunday, January 3.

The young woman posted an account of the attack on Facebook, which went viral, warning that the sick attacker tried to “drag her into trees”. 

It has now emerged that a lady who is aged in her 40s was targeted at a location close to that incident on December 4 and she was also able to escape.

“There are a lot of similarities between these two cases and this is something that investigating gardaí are looking at in great detail,” a source explained.

“These incidents happened a month apart and within a few hundred metres of each other.”

In the more recent case, the young woman – who managed to fight off an attacker who dragged her into trees and attempted to sexually assault her just yards from her home – appealed on social media for women to be vigilant.

That incident happened near the Corbawn Lane area of Shankill. The victim was making her way home when she noticed a man in his mid-40s following her.

“I was walking home from the shop past the Dart station in Shankill and there was a man, about mid-40s, lingering on the path,” she said on Facebook.

“I obviously thought it was a bit odd so I just sped up and overtook him on the path.

“I had my headphones in. He ended up following me into my estate and attacked me and tried to sexually assault me when I was only a few metres from my own house. He tried to drag me into the trees, but thankfully I was able to get away by yelling my head off and giving him a sharp kick.

“I am very lucky to be pretty much unharmed, and he didn’t see which house was mine.”

“I just felt like I should post this here as a warning to everyone to please be careful,” she wrote. 

“If you see a strange man or woman, just ring your parents or a friend and get home as quick as you can. Keep all your senses aware – no headphones in darker, quieter areas, and always stay near built-up areas if you can.