Gar­daí in­ves­ti­gate claim teenage girl groped in all-male hos­pi­tal ward

Irish Independent - - News - Ken Foy

GAR­DAÍ are wait­ing for a man to com­plete his treat­ment in hos­pi­tal be­fore they will ques­tion him about the al­leged sexual assault of a teenage girl in a hos­pi­tal ward.

Of­fi­cers are prob­ing an al­le­ga­tion that the male pa­tient, who is in his 60s, “groped” the vic­tim in an all-male ward of Cork Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal (CUH) at around 5am on Mon­day.

In­juries

It is un­der­stood the girl was placed in an all-male ward while be­ing treated for se­ri­ous in­juries. A spokes­woman for CUH said: “Cork Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal is co-oper­at­ing with Garda au­thor­i­ties in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an in­ci­dent that al­legedly took place in the hos­pi­tal in the early hours of May 14.”

The al­leged vic­tim is aged in her mid to late teens and, be­cause of her age, the mat­ter has been re­ported to the Garda Na­tional Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices Bureau.

The sexual assault al­le­ga­tion is be­ing probed by Togher gar­daí, who are work­ing with the Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices Bureau.

“This is a case of grop­ing. There has been no ar­rests yet but there may well be when the al­leged per­pe­tra­tor has com­pleted his treat­ment in the hos­pi­tal,” a source said.

It is un­der­stood the girl was be­ing treated in hos­pi­tal for in­juries she suf­fered in an ac­ci­dent when the al­leged in­ci­dent hap­pened. Two nurses on duty were alerted to the in­ci­dent on Mon­day morn­ing by the al­leged vic­tim.

It has been re­ported that the man asked the girl for a kiss be­fore she man­aged to raise the alarm and con­tact two nurses on duty else­where in the ward at the time.

It is not known why the teenage girl was be­ing treated in an all-male ward.

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