Thursday 21 September 2017

Garda hunt for 'scared' boy's mum after driver found him

Declan Brennan

THE trial of a man accused of abducting a woman and her young son before raping the woman has heard how the child appeared scared when found wandering on the street by a taxi driver.

Taxi driver Emmet Colgan told the court that he saw a little boy who looked around five years old walking along the Luas line near Smithfield Market Square.

He said he stopped his car and asked the child where his mother was.

The man said the boy didn't appear to be hurt but he looked scared. He then stopped a couple who agreed to accompany Mr Colgan and the child to the nearby Bridewell garda station.

Garda Ailbhe Byrne said that when she saw the child was not Irish, she asked a garda who spoke the same language as the child to speak to the boy.

ABDUCTED

This garda told the court that it took him a while to find out the boy's name and eventually they were able to bring him to his home and reunite him with his father.

Inspector Jeremiah Barrett said the boy's father gave them a photograph of the mother and gardai began searching for the woman, who claims she was abducted and raped.

The 42-year-old accused has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to two counts of sexual assault, two counts of rape, attempted rape, oral rape and aggravated sexual assault between February 12 and 13, 2010, in Dublin.

He also denies child abduction, threats to kill or cause serious harm, false imprisonment, stealing a bank card and stealing cash from two ATMs.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury.

Irish Independent

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