Teen girl in all-male hos­pi­tal ward ‘was sex­u­ally as­saulted’

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Ali Bracken Crime Cor­re­spon­dent

GAR­DAÍ have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing an al­leged sexual assault of a teenage pa­tient at Cork Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal ear­lier this week.

The girl, who had been in an ac­ci­dent ear­lier this month, had been placed in an all­male ward when she was al­legedly as­saulted by a male pa­tient.

The girl claimed she was asleep when, at around 5am on Mon­day, a pa­tient in his 60s ap­proached her and sex­u­ally as­saulted her. Se­nior sources say that the at­tacker is ac­cused of ‘grop­ing’ rather than a ‘se­ri­ous sexual assault’.

A source added: ‘Gar­daí are in no way min­imis­ing such an in­ci­dent but the at­tack is at the lower end of the scale.’

The girl also al­leged that the man then asked her for a kiss be­fore she man­aged to raise the alarm.

CUH con­firmed that staff were as­sist­ing gar­daí with an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Gar­daí plan to speak to nurs­ing staff on duty at the time of the al­leged assault, and also hope to speak to the man.

How­ever, the man is due to un­dergo heart surgery this week and of­fi­cers will not be able to speak to him until he is deemed fit for in­ter­view by doc­tors.

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