Gardaí in Cork are appealing to the public for help as they investigate the assault and attempted robbery of a woman in Fermoy on Sunday evening.
The woman, who is in her 50s, was walking her dog at the recreational walk around St Colman's pitches when she was assaulted by a man who later fled. It is understood two people came to her aid, causing the attacker to flee the scene. The attack took place at approximately 6:40pm.
"Gardaí were called to the scene which was preserved for technical examination," a Garda spokesperson said. "The woman received a number of injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening at this time.
Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to come forward and are also appealing to any persons that were in the area between 6:15pm and 7pm to make contact with them.
"In particular, Gardaí are appealing to any person that has noticed any male that they know or have observed who has any visible and unexplained injuries to their face and neck to come forward," the spokesperson added.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Fermoy Garda Station on 025 82100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.
A MANHUNT is continuing this afternoon after a woman was assaulted while out walking her dog in Fermoy.
The woman was walking in St Colman’s sports grounds when she was attacked at around 6.45pm on Sunday.
Two people came to her aid and the attacker fled the scene.
The woman, who is in her 50s, was taken to hospital after the incident. A number of personal items were stolen from her.
Gardaí remain at the scene and the two entrances to the area are sealed off. The Garda dog unit is one of a number units in attendance.
Searches of the area are being conducted and local CCTV will be examined as part of the investigation. Door to door enquiries will also form part of the investigation.
Local Fine Gael councillor Noel Mccarthy said the area was very busy throughout yesterday with people using the facility for walking, jogging and cycling
“The people of Fermoy are horrified and upset to hear this happen in the town," he said. "I hope the person involved recovers well.”
He said the St Colman’s facility is a great amenity in the town and is very popular with people for exercise.
“It is used by people from the town and from the surrounding areas.”
And he said: “I hope the culprit is caught”.
The scene of an assault in a North Cork town is preserved this morning.
Both entrances to the walkway around the St Colman's pitches in Fermoy are currently cordoned off by gardaí.
A woman in her early 50s was assaulted in the area yesterday evening.
A statement from An Garda Síochána said: "Gardaí in Fermoy were alerted to an assault that occurred in St. Colmans Park, Fermoy on the evening of Sunday 7th November 2021.
"A woman (early 50s) was assaulted and the scene is currently preserved.
"Investigations are ongoing."