Tuesday 12 December 2017

Man wanted in the UK over alleged sex attack is remanded

Judge's gavel
Judge's gavel

Aodhan O'Faolain and Ray Managh

A MAN wanted in the UK in connection with an alleged sex attack on a woman has been remanded in custody by the High Court.

David Thomas Gaynor (51) was arrested in Co Donegal on Thursday on foot of a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) issued by the British authorities.

Mr Gaynor's extradition is being sought on charges of sexual assault by penetration, sexual assault and assault causing harm to a woman.

The alleged incident is said to have occurred at a house in Swindon, Wiltshire in England during the night and early hours of the morning of December 20th/December 21st 2013 last.

If convicted of the charges Northern Ireland born Mr Gaynor, with an address at Cashel Avenue, Crumlin, Dublin, could receive a life sentence.

Today the High Court heard Mr Gaynor was arrested by Gardaí at an address at Letterkenny, around 8am this morning on foot of a European Arrest Warrant that had previously been endorsed by the High Court in Dublin.  He was then conveyed to the Four Courts in Dublin.

He appeared before Mr Justice Colm Mac Eochaidh who, after informing Mr Gaynor of his rights, remanded the accused in custody until next Tuesday's sitting of the extradition list at the Criminal Courts of Justice.

Mr Gaynor, who was legally represented, did not speak during the brief hearing, save to acknowledge his identity. It is expected that an application for bail will be made on Mr Gaynor’s behalf when the matter will return before the court.  

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