Wednesday 22 November 2017

Music teacher charged with raping student (9)

Tullamore court house
Tullamore court house

A music teacher has been charged with raping a young girl at a school in the midlands in the 1990s.

A music teacher has been charged with allegedly raping a young girl at a school in the midlands in the 1990s.

The man who cannot be named was arrested at his home and brought to Tullamore Garda Station on Sunday.

He appeared before a sitting of Tullamore District Court this morning charged with the rape of a nine year old girl on two occasions at a midland school on dates between September 1, 1997 and June 30, 1998.

Sgt Anthony Quinn said the man made no reply to one of the charges and answered, "no, I am talking to my solicitor in a minute," in relation to the second charge.

Judge Coughlan enquired as to whether the identification of the defendant might also lead to the identification of the alleged victim.

Inspector Kieran Keyes expressed his belief that it would not. He explained that the defendant was an instructor in a drama school for many years.

Solicitor Bernard Irwin objected and said "if the defendant is identified a nexus will be made."  He asked for his objection to be noted for the record.

Inspector Keyes asked Judge Coughlan's permission to contact the office of the DPP in relation to the identification of the defendant. He was permitted to do so and when the case was recalled, he said "the DPP has no issue with the disclosure."

He asked that the defendant be remanded on bail with  conditions to reappear at Tullamore District Court on July 23 for the Book of Evidence to be served.

Judge Coughlan set bail at €1,000 under strict conditions. The defendant was ordered to reside at the address given, sign on three times a week at a garda station, have no contact with children and he was ordered to surrender his passport and driving licence.

He was also asked to provide a contact number and not to have any contact with the alleged injured party, either directly or indirectly. 

When Mr Irwin objected to the driving licence being surrendered, Judge Coughlan insisted it could be used as a travel document and had to be surrendered.

He remanded the defendant on bail to reappear before Tullamore District Court on July 23.

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