Sunday 25 February 2018

Man 'attempted to sexually assault young woman in Dublin'


Andrew Phelan

A JOBLESS man has been charged with attempting to sexually assault a young woman in an alleged attack in the south of the capital.

James Donohoe (49) was remanded in custody after he appeared in Dublin District Court today charged in connection with the incident in Rathmines in the early hours of Monday morning.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case for a week after his solicitor made no bail application on his behalf.

The accused, with an address at Harold's Cross Road is charged with attempting to sexually assault the woman, who is in her 20s, as well as assaulting her causing her harm at Effra Road, Rathmines on January 6 last.

The first charge is contrary to Common Law and the second is under Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

When the case was first called, the accused, wearing a black jumper, open-necked blue shirt, dark blue trousers and brown shoes told Judge Walsh he had no solicitor to represent him and was not working.

The judge said it was a "serious matter" and Donohoe may be entitled to free legal aid. Solicitor Lorraine Stephens was assigned by the judge after Donohoe indicated he was happy to let the court nominate a legal representative.

When the proceedings resumed, Ms Stephens said the accused was not making any bail application.

Garda Ciaran O'Mahony said in evidence he arrested Donohoe at Terenure Garda Station at 7.30pm yesterday.

He made no reply to the assault charge, but when the attmpted sexual assault charge was put to him, he said: "I am not going to plead to that".

Judge Walsh remanded him in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court on January 14, for the directions of the DPP. The garda said a file had been sent but directions were not yet available. Ms Stephens said she would notify the prosecution of any intention to apply for bail with 48 hours notice.

Judge Walsh granted free legal aid after hearing that the defendant was on disability allowance. There was no objection to legal aid by gardai.

The judge also directed any necessary medical attention for the accused while he is in custody. The court heard Donohoe had been under the care of a psychiatrist.

He will face his next hearing on January 14 next at Cloverhill District Court.

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