Garda seeks Interpol help in search for alleged rapists of Tralee girl
Interpol has been asked to get involved in the search for two men in connection with the alleged rape of a Tralee teenager in a cemetery in daylight two years ago.
Senior gardaí in the investigation confirmed yesterday that details of the men had been circulated to the international police organisation used to track criminals across borders.
Two other men also believed to have been involved in the violent attack on the teenager, who has special needs, were arrested for questioning but have not been charged. They are still in the State.
All four men are from the Balkan/central European area. Gardaí are still awaiting instructions from the DPP on charging those arrested, they said yesterday. The mother of the girl has spoken about the toll the delay in progressing the case has taken on her daughter, and said both she and the girl were suffering hugely.
The young teenager was on her way home from a shop when set upon by four men, aged 17-24, in June 2010. The girl was taken to the sexual assault unit in Cork for examination. The girl’s mother yesterday said her daughter was plagued by the idea she will meet her attackers if she leaves her house. “My daughter wakes up some nights screaming in terror and she rarely goes out. Our lives cannot move forward until we have closure,” she said.