Friday 28 July 2017

Ex-Leinster rugby man accused of sexually assaulting performer at Longitude festival

Longitude
Longitude

Eimear Rabbitt

A former Leinster rugby player allegedly sexually assaulted a performer at the Longitude festival by grabbing her buttock and whispering "give me your t**s" in her ear, a district court heard.

David Poff played for Leinster U19 and U20 and currently plays for Old Wesley RFC.

The 20-year-old, of Mayfield, Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, is charged with sexually assaulting a female at Marlay Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, on July 16, 2016.

He is also charged with public drunkenness and breaching the peace at Marlay Park on the same day.

Sergeant Eithne Madden gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution by way of certificate.

She said the DPP had directed summary disposal. Judge Patricia McNamara asked what was alleged. Sgt Madden said that the injured party was a performer at the Longitude Festival in Marlay Park.

She said it will be alleged that the injured party was walking from the wooded area in the festival at 8pm on July 16 last year, when Mr Poff approached her from behind and grabbed her buttock.

Sgt Madden said it will be alleged that Mr Poff stood quite close to the woman and whispered "give me your t**s" in her ear.

She said it will also be alleged that the injured party was quite upset and informed a security guard who contacted gardai.

Sgt Madden said the injured party later pointed Mr Poff out to gardai.

She said Mr Poff was allegedly very drunk and was arrested.

The judge said she would have to hear a statement from the injured party before considering jurisdiction.

Mr Poff's defence lawyer, Padraig O'Donovan, said his client was a student and had exams at the end of the month in question. He was granted free legal aid.

The judge remanded Mr Poff on continuing bail for a month to consider jurisdiction.

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