Saturday 16 December 2017

Man (23) refused bail on rape charge

Brian McDonald

A man appeared at a special court sitting yesterday on a rape charge.

The 23-year-old from Co Galway appeared at Galway District Court charged with raping a woman at Bohermore in the city in the early hours of Saturday morning. He cannot be named for legal reasons.

The accused man appeared at the brief court hearing accompanied by his father.

Garda Gerard Morrissey told Judge Mary Fahy that he had arrested and charged the man at Galway garda station. He had made no reply to the charge

The court heard that gardai were opposing bail because of the serious nature of the charge. It would be alleged that "a very serious assault" had taken place.

Defence solicitor Olivia Moylan told Judge Fahy that her client came from a very respectable family and was willing to abide by all bail conditions.

The judge said she was refusing bail for the reasons outlined by gardai and remanded the accused man in custody to appear at Harristown District Court on October 22.

Judge Fahy said that the matter of bail would be a matter for the High Court.

She granted him legal aid after hearing that he only worked part time and had no other means.

Irish Independent

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