Taxi drivers asked to provide DNA samples as part of alleged rape investigation
Over 80 taxi drivers are being asked to provide DNA samples by gardaí investigating an alleged rape in Dublin.
The drivers have been contacted by officers because their cars match the make and model of the suspect's vehicle, according to a report in the Irish Times.
It is the first case of its kind since the DNA database was first introduced in November 2015.
The incident being investigated occurred on December 11, 2015. The victim claimed she was collected from the Harcourt Street area of the South Inner City and asked to be driven to her home in the north of the city.
However the woman claims she was raped by the driver.
She alerted gardaí immediately after the incident and a DNA profile of the alleged attacker was built.
They believed that this matched the identity of the attacker. Using CCTV gardaí have also determined that the suspect drove a Toyota Prius.
Now gardaí have asked all drivers with a vehicle matching this description to provide a sample of DNA. It is understood that 84 drivers have been identified.
Under the Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and BDNA Database System) Act 2014 the drivers are not compelled to provide the sample but are being asked to do so, so that detectives can eliminate them from their investigations.
A garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí are investigating an alleged assault on a woman that occurred on the 11th December 2015 between 2.30am and 4.30am.
"As this is an ongoing investigation it would be inappropriate to comment further."