A Latvian woman who is six months pregnant was assaulted in an unprovoked attack in Cork city centre.
The woman, who lives in Cork with her 5-year-old son and her husband vowed that the attack will not lead her to leave Ireland.
Sintija admitted she feels very lucky that all she suffered in the incident at 7.15pm on Princes Street in Cork last Sunday evening was minor cuts and bruising to her cheek and jaw. She wishes to keep her surname anonymous as she is too afraid after the incident.
“I was walking home when I came to Princes Street in the city centre,” she said.
“I am six months pregnant and was wearing a heavy coat because of the wind and cold.”
“I didn’t fall to the ground. I was very shocked. There were three or maybe four of them.”
“They just stood there. I think they were watching me to see what I would do or say to them.”
Sintjia was punched in the face despite no words being exchanged in a horrific unprovoked attack. Onlookers ran to her and checked that she was okay before she sought help from the Gardai.
Sintjia was lucky to have remained on her feet and not fall on her bump, but when she awoke the following morning, her face was swollen and bruised from the blow she received. She also found it sore to speak or eat.
Gardai are now investigating the incident and admitted they have been “absolutely overwhelmed” by information from the public since an appeal was issued on Cork radio station, 96FM. They are also examining CCTV security camera footage from the area.
“We have a lot of information and plenty of images to study from CCTV cameras around the area. At this point, we would urge the individual to contact gardai before we trace them,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact either the Bridewell Garda Station or Angelsea Street Garda Station.
Sintjia has spoken out vowing that the crime will not make her leave Ireland, and is thankful for support from the public.
“I like it in Ireland. I am raising my son here. I will not let this make me think about leaving. But I was very shocked by what happened,”