Car seat cleaners in Dublin are facing charges of rape and sexual assault after police allege they forcibly removed a man from his car in the city centre last week.
Car seat cleaner Paul Kelly, 41, and a female passenger were arrested at the intersection of Dunrobin Road and Tipperary Road in the early hours of Monday.
Mr Kelly, who is from the US, allegedly removed a black nylon bag from the passenger’s backseat and began to rub his penis on the woman’s chest.
Mr Shannon said the woman and the man then got into a heated argument and the driver allegedly pushed Mr Kelly out of the car and into a nearby street.
“The woman is a strong person.
She’s a good mother, a strong lady,” he said.”
It’s a sad state of affairs.”
Mr Kelly was then taken into custody by gardaí in a nearby town.
A spokeswoman for the Garda National Bureau of Investigation said the investigation was ongoing and no arrests had been made.
Mr Ryan said he was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the alleged attack.
“I think it’s just the most shocking thing I’ve ever heard in my life,” he told the Irish Times.
“We’ve had quite a few rapes in our city but this is the first.”
There’s a real possibility that the man was raped, that’s what we’ve heard, and that is deeply upsetting to us.
“Gardaí said the incident was being investigated by gardai and a woman had been interviewed by detectives.
Ms Shannon said she believed the two men were trying to get Mr Kelly to leave the scene but were instead forced to fight.”
They had to fight with each other for 10 minutes before they got out of there and went back into the area where they got the bag,” she said.
Mr Wilson said he believed the incident had been brought to the attention of gardai because of the number of reports about the alleged incident.”
If it was a gang rape, you wouldn’t have heard of it.
You wouldn’t see it, and it’s a pretty serious crime,” he added.”
People need to get out of their homes and be vigilant.