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Stranger left gran for dead following brutal attack

Stranger left gran for dead following brutal attack

GARDAI believe that a grandmother violently assaulted in the early hours of Sunday was targeted by a stranger in a random attack.

The incident, which detectives described as a “very, very serious attack”, happened at around 4am at Pollerton Castle, Carlow.

Gardai believe the 51-yearold victim was set upon on the Pollerton Road before being dragged into the nearby castle grounds.

She was left for dead and was only discovered, unconscious, about nine hours later by a local businessman.

A source said there is nothing to suggest that the attacker knew the victim.

“At the initial stages of inquiry, it appears to be a completely random attack,” the source said.

The woman remains in a very serious condition in St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny, where her family, including her two children, are keeping a bedside vigil.

Sinn Fein councillor Jim Deane said the local community is supporting gardai in any way it can and expressed his sympathies to the victim and her family.

“Whatever the circumstances are, it’s truly a horrific thing to have happened,” he said.

“The gardai have received great help from the public with their investigation.

“The community’s thoughts once again go out to the woman and her family at this time.” Gardai have carried out a number of door-to-door inquiries, while detectives have also conducted searches of the area where the victim was found.

Investigators are anxious to speak with a man and a woman who were in the area at the time of the attack.

They are not being treated as persons of interest. No arrests have yet been made, but the investigation team, led by Supt Gerry Redmond, has been making progress with its inquiries.

Gardai are especially keen to speak with any taxi drivers, delivery workers or anyone with dash cameras who may have