Saturday 20 January 2018

Roofer accused of double false imprisonment and sexual assault of woman

Dublin Central Criminal Court
Dublin Central Criminal Court

Tom Tuite

A ROOFER has appeared in court accused of false imprisonment and sexually assaulting a woman and holding another woman against her will at knife-point during separate incidents in Dublin.

Slawomir Gierlowski (31) with an address at Galtymore Road, Drimnagh, in Dublin is charged with false imprisonment of a woman and sexually assaulting her on a date last September. It is alleged the incident happened at an address in Clondalkin.

Mr Gierlowski, who is from Poland, is also accused of assault causing harm to another woman and falsely imprisoning her at a location near, Naas Road, Clondalkin, on May 16 last.

There was no application for bail when he appeared before Judge Cormac Dunne at a late sitting of Dublin District Court on Thursday. He was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on June 7 when it is expected he will apply for bail.

Garda Sergeant Katherina Joyce told Judge Dunne that Mr Gierlowski was charged with the four offences at Clondalkin Garda station on Thursday afternoon. “He made no reply to any charge after caution,” she said, adding that he was then handed a copy of each charge.

Defence counsel Elizabeth Davey said she understood there would be objections to bail.

Judge Dunne asked what the allegations were and Gda Sergeant Joyce said: “Two allegations of false imprisonment where a woman unknown to the accused was held against her will at knife-point and assaulted.”

She went on to say the second incident in September was an alleged false imprisonment and sexual assault of another woman who was also not known to the accused.

Ms Davey told the court there would be a bail application at the next hearing and gardai said they would give the defence details of their objections in advance of Mr Gierlowsk's next appearance.

Legal aid was granted after the court heard he worked as a roofer earning €700 a week and he pays €350 a month in rent. He sat silently throughout the hearing and has not yet indicated how he will plead to the charges.

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