Woman beaten up in Dublin city centre for €2 umbrella
Gardai in Dublin are hunting two teenage girls who brutally assaulted a woman and stole her Penneys umbrella.
The woman, who is in her early 30s, was violently set upon in broad daylight by her attackers as she crossed the Rosie Hackett Bridge in the heart of the city centre, in front of shocked onlookers.
The teens, who were both dressed in brightly coloured tracksuits, started verbally abusing the victim as she made her way home from work shortly after 5.30pm, on August 31.
"It was raining lightly, and the woman had her cheap €2 umbrella up," revealed a source.
"She was approached by the girls and was told to hand it over. When she refused the girls set on her and dragged her to the ground by her hair," the source said.
"She was kicked and punched a number of times and at one point she was told she would be stabbed. She eventually handed over the brolly, and the girls went on their merry way."
It's believed the two youths had been loitering on the boardwalk near Eden Quay prior to the attack.
Gardai were last night examining CCTV footage from businesses close to where the incident took place. A garda spokesperson said the incident was "unusual but disturbing".
"This woman suffered a terrible ordeal all for the sake of an umbrella," they said. "We would like to speak with anyone who may know anything about this."
Taxi driver Paul Murphy, who uses the taxi rank next to the area where the assault occurred, said fights and robberies are a common occurrence in the area.
"Ever since the boardwalk went in, things like this have been happening," he told the Herald.
"Young lads and young ones spend their days drinking and doing drugs down there, and they are hidden from sight when the guards drive by because of a high wall.
"As soon as people go to cross the bridge they are targeted," he added.
Local councillor Mannix Flynn said there was a "level of madness" gripping the city streets: "This goes to show how low things have become.
"A woman walking home from work attacked for a €2 umbrella."
Gardai are appealing for witnesses to the incident or anyone with information to contact them at Pearse Street Garda Station on 01 6669000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any garda station.