Thursday 25 December 2014

Celebrity rape case: gardai finalising file for the DPP

Tom Brady Security Editor

Published 15/05/2013 | 05:00

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GARDAI are sending a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions following inquiries into an allegation of rape against a major showbiz celebrity.

The garda inquiry is set to close in the coming weeks, sources indicated.

A considerable investigation file is nearing completion into the claim the celebrity raped the teenage girl.

The allegation came to light around the same time accusations began to emerge about the BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.

However, the woman made her complaint to gardai almost a week before the Savile allegations came to light.

Just one key witness has yet to be interviewed by detectives following a lengthy investigation into the complaint which was formally lodged with gardai late last year.

The investigation has included considerable inquiries here and officers also carried out inquiries in another jurisdiction.

When the outstanding witness statement has been taken, gardai will then put the finishing touches to the file to be studied by the DPP, who will determine if criminal charges should be brought against the showbiz figure.

Gardai expect the file to be sent off in the coming weeks.

The alleged victim claimed she had been raped following an event more than three decades ago.

The woman later gave birth to a girl.

Accompanied by her solicitor, the woman walked into a garda station last October and made the rape accusation.

Gardai later confirmed that they had received a complaint of an alleged sexual assault on a female in the 1970s and that an investigation had been launched.

Officers subsequently wrote to the woman and asked her for a DNA report on her child.

A friend of the woman said she had not gone to the gardai previously to report the alleged rape because she did not want her child to know what had happened.

She said the woman remembered walking behind the man. He turned around and pushed her over, she alleged.

She also said the woman claimed the man then pulled down her jeans and "next thing he was on top" of her.

She said the woman's sister had also spoken to the gardai to corroborate her story.

Five days after she had filed the complaint with gardai, the Jimmy Savile scandal erupted.

The woman's daughter had always wanted the man to go to her wedding in Dublin, the friend said.

She claimed the woman stated that what had happened that night was "still vivid" in her mind and had described herself as a young, naive virgin, who did not know what was happening.

'Appeared'

The man had "just appeared" 20 minutes before the event ended and she barely knew who he was at the time.

During the initial inquiries, local officers sought advice from the sexual assault investigation unit, which is part of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, based at Harcourt Square in Dublin.

In the UK, several historical inquiries into alleged rape by well-known figures are ongoing.

Yesterday veteran 'Coronation Street' actor Bill Roache made his first court appearance, accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in 1967. He has strenuously denied the allegations but yesterday he did not enter any plea to the two historic charges.

His fellow soap star, Michael Le Vell (48) – who plays mechanic Kevin Webster – is due to face trial at Manchester crown court in September after being charged with 19 child sex offences, including rape. He has "vigorously" denied the allegations.

In March Rolf Harris (83) was arrested and has been interviewed twice. No charges have been brought and he has strenuously denied any wrongdoing after sex abuse claims were made against him.

Separately, veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has admitted indecently assaulting 13 girls, the youngest aged nine.

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