03 Oct 2022

Latest: Searches continue in Johnstown area following attack

Gardaí remain at the scene

Latest:  Searches continue in Johnstown area following attack

The scene in Johnstown

Gardaí remain at the scene of an attack on a teenage girl outside the village of Johnstown this morning.

Searches are ongoing as gardaí search for her attacker. Gardaí have issued a description of the suspect, who is described as being in his 40's, wearing dark clothing and speaking with an Irish accent.

The victim who struggled with her attacker and screamed for help before he fled the scene is understood to be recovering following the horrific ordeal. She was treated for shock and non life threatening injuries at St Luke's Hospital.

The incident occurred on a rural road, known locally as Cullinane’s Lane, located about 1km from Johnstown village, near the townland of Ballyspellan.

Gardaí continue to carry out enquiries and recover CCTV from the area. They are appealing for any person travelling on the R639 between Johnstown and The Gallops (a minor road also known locally as Cullinanes Lane), Ballyspellan between 11am and 12.15pm, particularly any person with any video footage (dashcam or other recording device) to contact Gardaí at Kilkenny at 056 7775000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. 

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