Saturday 20 January 2018

Man accused of raping special needs woman still to take up €32k bail

Tom Tuite

A MAN charged with the rape of a woman with special needs in Dublin last month made his third court appearance today but has yet to take up bail set at €32,000.

The 31-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been charged last month at Dublin District Court with the rape of the woman on June 12 last.

The woman, who is in her mid-twenties, had been with her mother on the South Circular Road when they became separated.

He had “nothing to say”when charged under Section 2 of the Criminal Law (Rape) Act, the district court had heard.

After hearing evidence and objections to bail from Detective Inspector Sean Campbell, Dublin District Court had held earlier that the man presented as a possible “flight risk”.

The accused, a Pakistani national who has not yet indicated how he will plead to the charge, had been remanded in custody and made his second court appearance on the charge on June 28 last.

At that stage a further remand in custody was ordered, however since then bail terms have been set in his own bond of €2,000 and two separate independent sureties each in the sum of €15,000 are required.

The man, who has not yet taken up bail, appeared again today before Judge Dermot Dempsey at Cloverhill District Court.

He was further remanded with consent to bail and will face his next hearing in four weeks.

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