Tuesday 20 August 2019

Man faces 394 abuse charges after being extradited

A man has appeared in court accused of nearly 400 counts of sexual abuse of children in the midlands over a six-year period. (stock photo)
A man has appeared in court accused of nearly 400 counts of sexual abuse of children in the midlands over a six-year period. (stock photo)
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A man has appeared in court accused of nearly 400 counts of sexual abuse of children in the midlands over a six-year period.

The accused (38) was extradited to Ireland from the US and brought before a court yesterday evening.

Judge Kevin Kilrane refused to grant bail and sent him forward for trial.

He faces a total of 394 charges related to the alleged abuse of two boys in the 2000s.

The man, who cannot be named, is charged with 210 counts of sexual assault, 177 counts of rape, three counts of assault causing harm and one count each of attempted rape, false imprisonment, harassment and criminal damage to property.

Detective Garda Damien McGovern told a special court sitting in the midlands he arrested the accused by warrant at Dublin Airport at 8.32am yesterday following his extradition from the US.

He was formally charged at a midlands Garda station at 10.15am and evidence was handed in to court by certificate given the volume of charges.

Two books of evidence were served on him - he is being sent forward to the circuit court in relation to one of the alleged victims and to the Central Criminal Court on the other.

Det Gda McGovern objected to bail, citing the nature and seriousness of the charges. He said they carried potential sentences on conviction ranging from five years to life imprisonment.

Judge Kilrane refused to grant bail due to the seriousness of the charges and remanded the accused in custody.

The books of evidence were served on the accused by a garda sergeant.

The judge gave the accused the formal warning that he must provide details of any alibi he intends to rely on to the prosecution within 14 days.

He remanded him in custody to appear before the circuit court on a date later this month on one book of evidence, and before the present sittings of the Central Criminal Court on the other.

Irish Independent

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