Local woman traumatized after morning assault on walk

A local woman has been severely traumatized following an unprovoked assault by a man on Oldbridge promenade last week.

he woman, who does not want to be named, was attacked by an unidentified man as she walked her dog along the beauty spot under the Boyne Cable Bridge at around 8am last Tuesday April 19.

Gardai has been notified and is investigating the circumstances, but no one has been interviewed about the incident.

The man is believed to be in his late thirties, tall and unshaven with thinning hair, speaking in a non-Irish accent, and at the time of the attack was wearing a red t-shirt and gray tracksuit bottoms, dirty from the knees down.

It is the second alleged assault in the area in a week as two women reported another incident at the Peace Bridge where their car was approached by a man while they were stopped in traffic. It is not known if there is a connection between the incidents.

The local gardai issued a short statement last Friday.

“Gardaí is investigating an incident of assault of a woman (in her 40’s) which occurred around 8am in the Old Bridge area, Drogheda on 19 April 2022. Investigations are ongoing”.

The woman who is in her 40s was approached by the man, who grabbed her by the hair as she walked down the boardwalk, where she was dragged to the ground and punched and kicked by her aggressor.

Her little dog was also kicked and is still in serious condition with internal bleeding.

A man walking nearby intervened and managed to get the terrified woman and dog into a car.

She was treated for minor injuries and shock.

It was reported that the man was seen topless and in an agitated state later on the boardwalk, as well as at various other locations around town.

“She is still very affected by what happened to her and luckily she is not seriously injured, but she is still very shocked,” her cousin said, speaking to the Drogheda Independent.

“Me and the family scoured the area that day until evening, to see if we could see him, and were told he approached two other women on the same path at 11:10 a.m., but kept not couldn’t find it.”

Anyone with information should contact Drogheda Garda Station on 041 9874200.

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