Saturday 24 February 2018

Judge gives rape accused his passport back so he can travel to music festivals

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Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

A man charged with two counts of rape has been allowed to travel to the UK for two music festivals.

The man, who is in his 20s, appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal.

The alleged offences took place at an address in Letterkenny on July 29, 2016.

Ivan Toner, barrister for the accused, made an application to the court asking whether the man's bail conditions could be varied.

A previous court ruled the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, should sign on at Letterkenny garda station and surrender his passport.

However, Mr Toner said his client was working at two music festivals in the UK and would not be able to sign on.

He told the court his client would also need his passport returned. The court was told how the man would be out of the country for a total of eight days if he travelled to the two festivals. He has been told to return his passport to gardaí when he gets back.

Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan agreed to the application. He said the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had agreed to prosecution on indictment at the Central Criminal Court.

Among the other conditions imposed on the man were a cash lodgment of €2,000, that he provide a mobile phone number and that he have no contact with the alleged victim.

Legal aid was granted to the man. Judge Deirdre Gearty adjourned the case until September 21.

As part of the man's original bail conditions, he was ordered to sign on at Letterkenny garda station three days each week.

The man did not speak during the appearance other than to thank the judge when he signed his bail bond.

Irish Independent

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