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Solicitor sent for trial in college sex assault case

A SPANISH solicitor accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Dublin college on St Patrick's Day five years ago has been sent forward for trial.

Emilio Rodriguez (28) returned to Ireland last month to face the charge after an extradition warrant was issued for his arrest. He then handed himself into authorities.

He is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at the National College of Ireland in the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC).

The alleged incident took place on March 17, 2005.

The DPP had directed trial on indictment on the charge, and the Dublin District Court heard the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused.

The State solicitor said Rodriguez was to go forward for trial to the present sittings of the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

He was remanded on bail on his own bond of €500 and an independent surety of €2,000 cash, which was previously lodged by his cousin.

As part of his bail conditions, he is to live with his cousin in an apartment at Castle Street, Dublin, and must sign on three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at Pearse Street Garda Station.

Worked

He has also surrendered his passport. The court heard previously that Rodriguez worked as an in-house solicitor in a Spanish accountancy firm but that job was now effectively closed to him because he would have to remain in the State for up to a year awaiting trial.

Judge Cormac Dunne gave Rodriguez the alibi caution, telling him he had 14 days to inform the State of the names of any witnesses he intended to call in his defence.

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