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By Louise Walsh A plucky teenager who warded off her attacker with a karate kick says she relives the terrifying incident every minute but hopes her 'scary story' will save someone else. Kate Mulhern, 17, has been overwhelmed by the huge public response after telling how she used her kenpo training to protect herself and send her attacker flying.
The kenpo brown-belt was walking their new puppy Mia not far from their home at Blackcastle Demense in Navan, Co Meath at 2pm last Tuesday when she noticed that a man seemed to be following her. She says she texted her friend about her concerns before the man confronted her and tried to pull her into a waiting black saloon car, driven by another man.
As her pup growled and barked, Kate saw an opening and gave the man, in his 40s, a karate kick to his ribs which sent him flying back against the car, in which he made his escape.
Although she admits she is still shaken, Kate is now going to continue teaching kenpo to younger children and is encouraging everyone to learn some form of self-defence. I'm just shell shocked at all the reaction.
I think the reality of what happened only really began to sink in yesterday," she said Kate who trains with Irish Kenpo Karate Union chief Instructor in Dublin represented Ireland twice last year and competed in the World Championships in Tenerife in I'm reliving the attack every minute and thinking what could've happened.
Amazingly, even her nine-year-old sister Sarah who gave up kenpo now wants to return to further her own skills after learning of Kate's attack.
I never thought I'd have the confidence to talk like this but I want to turn my scary story into something positive and if it helps one other person, it will all be worth it. They don't.