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Taxi driver charged with rape of passenger is denied bail


Judge's gavel

Judge's gavel

Judge's gavel

A non-national taxi driver living in Dublin has been charged with the rape of a passenger last year.

The man appeared at a special sitting of Naas District Court yesterday on a charge of raping a female passenger at a location in Co Kildare on September 9 last year.

Garda Paul Carney told the court he arrested the man at Dublin Airport at 9pm on Saturday. The accused had travelled back to Ireland after a trip to his home country, the court heard.

The man replied, "No comment", when charged.

Garda Carney said he was strongly objecting to an application for bail. He told Judge GrĂ¡inne O'Neill there were serious and imminent concerns that the accused would attempt to evade justice. Judge O'Neill refused bail and remanded the man in custody to appear in court again on Friday.

Irish Independent