Wednesday 16 October 2019

House visitors are traced in garda rape claim inquiry

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

GARDAI are now working to establish the identities of everybody who visited a house where an alleged rape by a serving garda took place at the weekend.

A rank and file member of the garda force has been suspended as a result of the allegation that has been made against him.

He has been accused by a woman of taking part in one of two sexual assaults she claimed were carried out in the house in Lucan in west Dublin last Saturday night.

The woman says she went to the house with another man that night and had consensual sex with him.

She told investigating officers that during the night five other men came into a room where she was staying and all of them were naked.

She alleged that one of the men then raped her and another committed a serious sexual assault on her.

A criminal investigation is now well under way into the woman's claims and the garda, who is based in a station in the north-east of the country, will remain suspended until it has been completed and a decision reached by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Gardai have already spoken to some of the other people who were in the house at the time of the incident and are working to complete their inquiries in this area.

They have also already carried out an initial interview with the woman who made the accusations.

She accused a named garda of being involved in one of the attacks – and local garda officers immediately notified the authorities at garda headquarters in the Phoenix Park of the serious complaints against a member of the force. The woman has been medically examined following the incident, and the medical report will form part of the file to be sent to the DPP.

After all of the others in the house have been interviewed, officers will then put the complaints formally to the accused garda before completing the file.

The DPP will then decide whether a criminal charge should be brought against the garda.

Irish Independent

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