Sunday 25 February 2018

Man (43) charged with rape of another man in 1990s granted bail after boyfriend provides home for him

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Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A 43 year old man on multiple rape and sexual assault charges has been granted bail after his boyfriend flew to Ireland from abroad to provide a home for him.

The accused was extradited to Ireland last Thursday and appeared in Navan District Court last Friday where he was charged with eight counts of sexual assault and three of rape against a man in 1991 and 1992 in County Louth.

He was remanded in custody after being charged and appeared at Trim District Court yesterday where he was granted bail.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, agreed to a number of conditions before bail was granted.

His partner of 15 years, a businessman who travels between Europe and Asia, told judge Grainne Malone that he had lodged €15,000 to a bank account in Dublin, which he was prepared to see frozen, and brought €5,000 in cash to the court which he was prepared to lodge as a surety.

He also said he understood that he could lose this money if the accused did not stand trial.

The man said he had signed a lease on a property for a year and would provide it as a home for the accused.

The accused has to sign on at a garda station on the south of the city between 9am and 9pm three days a week and be contactable by mobile phone.

He has already surrendered his passport and agreed not to apply for any travel documentation, and alert Gardai if he wishes to change address.

There was no objection to bail by prosecuting Gardai.

Judge Malone sought proof that the €15,000 was in the account of the accused’s partner and he provided mobile phone evidence that it was.

The accused was remanded on bail to appear at Trim District Court to be served with a book of evidence on April 6 next.

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