Sunday 17 November 2019

Rape suspect found at hotel in city centre

A MAN accused of abducting and raping a woman was found by gardai in a city-centre hotel bar hours after the alleged offences had taken place.

Garda Tim O'Sullivan told the court that the man was arrested at the Morrison Hotel and that his clothes were seized.

He said that he didn't know if the accused was intoxicated when he was arrested as they walked quickly out of the hotel. He agreed that the man was in the bar and there were drinks on the table.

He said that the man's hotel room was designated a crime scene and a black jacket and a BMI airline boarding pass were seized from it. The boarding pass was in the man's name. It was for a flight at 8.15am on that day and was for a flight from Dublin to Heathrow.

The 42-year-old accused has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to two counts of sexual assault, two counts of rape, attempted rape, oral rape and aggravated sexual assault between February 12 and 13, 2010, in an apartment in Dublin.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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