Saturday 17 March 2018

Man faces multiple assault and rape counts

Kathryn Hayes

A MAN has been charged with multiple counts of raping and assaulting a young woman who is alleged to have been held against her will.

The 33-year-old, who was previously charged with assault causing harm to the woman, appeared before Limerick District Court yesterday on 47 new charges arising out of the same alleged incident.

All of the offences are alleged to have occurred between May 3 and 9 last at three different addresses in Limerick city.

Detective Garda Keith Harmon gave evidence of charging the 33-year-old with the new offences at 10.15am yesterday and said he replied:

"That's all lies. I'm not guilty to all those charges." Defence solicitor John Devane told the court a letter from the alleged victim indicating she wished to withdraw her statement was sent to gardai before the file was forwarded to the DPP.

Judge Eugene O'Kelly said he did not see the point to this line of questioning and said the DPP was entitled to prepare a Book of Evidence in the case.

Judge O'Kelly adjourned the case until September 10 next.

Irish Independent

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