Wednesday 23 July 2014

Teenager to face trial charged with raping girl (7) on 'almost daily basis' for nearly two years

Published 09/07/2014|18:04

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Courts of Criminal Justice

A teenager is to face trial at the Central Criminal Court charged with raping a seven-year old girl on an almost daily basis for nearly two years.

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The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is facing 15 charges of rape against the girl on various dates in different parts of the Mid-West region.

The youth, aged 19, is charged with thirteen counts under Section 2 of the Criminal Law (Rape) Act 1991, including sexual intercourse with the girl, and, two counts under Section 4 of the Criminal Law (Rape) (Amendment) Act 1990, including digital rape. Both Acts carry a maximum sentence of life in prison on conviction.

The State will allege the accused had been sexually assaulting the girl on an almost daily basis from when the girl was aged seven and from when he was aged 16, between August 2010 and December 2011.

It will be alleged the accused demanded the girl masturbate him and gave him oral sex.

Gardaí will also allege that the accused threatened to suffocate the girl if she told anyone what was happening.

The accused appeared before Limerick District Court today where he was served with the Book of Evidence by Garda Shane Hayes, Henry Street garda station.

Sergeant Donal Cronin, Henry Street station, said the Director of Public Prosecutions had consented to the accused going forward for trial to the current sessions of the Central Criminal Court.

The accused's solicitor, Darragh McCarthy, told the court his client was employed and was hoping to go to college in September.

Mr McCarthy applied to the court to vary the terms of his client's bail conditions, including that, he reside with his mother and her partner and that he sign on at a garda station in the Mid-West region once a week instead of a previous court order of three times per week.

Judge Eugene O'Kelly granted the bail conditions and remanded the accused on continuing bail for trial to the current sessions of the Central Criminal Court.

Judge O'Kelly gave the accused the Alibi Warning, informing him he has 14 days in which to furnish the State with the contacts of any defence witnesses he may rely on at his trial.

The judge also granted the accused further legal representation in the form of two senior counsel for his trial.

As part of his bail conditions, the accused has surrendered his passport and has been ordered not to have any contact with the girl or her family.

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