Irish student, 21, is left terrified after waking up in the middle of the night to find a man at the bottom of her bed after she forgot to lock the door
A woman has revealed her terror after waking up to find a man in her bedroom in the early hours of the morning.
Keyara Connolly, 21, recalled the horrifying experience on social media after being woken by an intruder on Friday while staying in her student accommodation in Shandon, Cork.
The student, originally from Clonmel, South Tipperary, took to Twitter to relay her frightening experience in a post that gained over 13,000 likes.
Explaining that her front door had been unlocked, Keyara revealed that she had been sound asleep until waking up in horror in the early hours of the morning.
Cork Beo confirmed local Gardai are searching the area and investigating a burglary that occurred on Friday the 11th at around 4:30 am
Keyara Connolly survived a terrifying night after finding a man in her room at night, only to be trolled on Twitter later
The student was in her university house at the time of the incident and revealed on social media that her door had been unlocked
Taking to twitter, the nightmarish situation quickly gained over 13,000 likes from concerned social media users
Keyara’s tweet read: ‘Friday at 4 a.m. I was woken up (home alone) to a man standing at the end of my bed in the pitch dark.
‘Luckily he left after me continuously screaming. Still, it was a very traumatic experience. Please remember to lock your doors girls. Especially in the Cork City area!
‘Nothing was stolen, but he was lurking around before entering my room, which makes it nearly more terrifying’.
Following up, she also revealed she would no longer be staying in her student house following the scare.
Kiera wants to spread the word to women about how having an unlocked door makes life easier for would-be intruders
Despite having warned other women of the dangers of having an unlocked door, the student quickly found her replies were full of trolls blaming her for the incident, or claiming she made it up entirely.
One man said: ‘This is seriously f*****d up and shouldn’t happen to anyone, but I have to ask who the f*** doesn’t lock their doors at night?? Doesn’t matter where you live that’s just stupidity surely?!’
Another insinuated that Keyara was under the influence, saying:’ Whatever you do, don’t take drugs.’
While a third man chided: ‘Imagine not locking your doors and you go to bed. How thick can ya be?’
Some men had a hard time believing the incident had happened at all while others suggested it was her fault for having an unlocked door
Some people, however, flocked to Keyara’s defence and shared their disdain for anyone saying the attack was her fault.
One woman said: ‘Hi, Keyara! I am sorry for the victim-blaming responses you are getting from sharing your terrifying experience.
‘I love in Cork and I can’t get you out of my mind. Please keep safe and reach out anytime you need’.
While a man added: ‘Everyone in the replies more concerned she never locked her door than the fact a man broke into her house and stood at the end of her bed at 4am???? right’.
Some people were outraged that anyone could try to pin the blame on Keyara and condemned the men who suggested it was
And a second woman contributed: ‘I was literally gonna post some cynical impersonation of a man telling this sleeping woman that she was somehow to blame but then…I needn’t have bothered…’
Keyara, not happy with the responses she’s received from unsupportive men, decided to respond herself.
She said: ‘We all forget to lock doors. Does that mean this man was entitled to come in and put me in a position where I screamed so hard for my my literal life??
‘I fully prepared for being assaulted and or killed in my mind all in the matter of minutes. I would never wish I this on anyone.
‘And the gaurds were contacted immediately after. There’s an investigation but no arrests meaning he is still walking around hence the tweet saying lock your doors ESPECIALLY around Cork, not just in Cork.
‘I was trying to help other girls not have to go through what I am right now.
‘And men in particular saying I was dreaming or I was on drugs??? Are you that in denial that there are men out there with the intent to seriously harm women??
‘Why do you take someone with such a sick minds side? That’s even more worrying… do you think like this man?
‘Also asking why didn’t I get up and throw something at him/attack? My whole body went into shock. It was pitch dark. I am tiny.
‘I had no objects surrounding my bed that could injure him. He was standing at the end of my bed .. centimetres away from my door. He was blocking me in.’