Suspect in court accused of raping relative

Eimear Cotter

A YOUNG man accused of raping a female relative has been sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court.

The 21-year-old, who cannot be named, is alleged to have raped the woman at the family home in Co Carlow.

He appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with one count of rape, contrary to Section 2 of the Criminal Law (Rape Amendment) Act, 1990.

The alleged incident took place in November 2008.

Judge Anthony Halpin remanded the man on bail in his own bond of €200, and an independent surety of €5,000 which was provided for by his father.


He must also live at an agreed address, and have no contact, either directly or indirectly with the alleged victim.

The court heard that the DPP previously directed trial on indictment of the matter in the Circuit Court.

The State solicitor said the book of evidence was ready, and the man was to go forward to the next sittings of the Central Criminal Court.

Judge Halpin gave the young man the alibi caution, telling him he had 14 days to provide to the State details of anyone he planned to call in his defence.

Legal aid was assigned to his solicitor Mairead White and one counsel.