More charges against man over Span­ish stu­dent rape

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Tom Tuite

TWO fur­ther rape charges have been brought against a man ac­cused of a sex at­tack and the false im­pris­on­ment of a Span­ish stu­dent in Dublin.

The 18-year-old-woman, who was stay­ing with a host fam­ily, was al­legedly brought to waste ground on the south­side and raped on July 15.

The 24-year-ld ac­cused, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, was orig­i­nally charged with rape, false im­pris­on­ment and threat­en­ing to kill or cause se­ri­ous harm to the woman at the Ir­ish Glass Bot­tle site in Ringsend.

De­scribed by his lawyer as hav­ing a sig­nif­i­cant his­tory of men­tal prob­lems, he made no bail ap­pli­ca­tion at his first hear­ing on July 21.

He faced his fifth hear­ing yes­ter­day when he ap­peared be­fore Judge Vic­tor Blake at Clover­hill Dis­trict Court.

Three fresh charges were brought in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent: two ad­di­tional counts of rap­ing the woman and one charge of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her be­tween July 15 and July 16 last.

There was no ap­pli­ca­tion for bail. The judge re­manded him in cus­tody to ap­pear next week for men­tion and for a book of ev­i­dence to be pre­pared. The de­fen­dant has not yet in­di­cated how he will plead.

At his first hear­ing in July, the court di­rected that a psy­chi­atric as­sess­ment be ob­tained fol­low­ing a re­quest by his so­lic­i­tor, who said the man ‘does have a sig­nif­i­cant his­tory’. The ba­sis for the ap­pli­ca­tion was con­cerns raised by the de­fence for his men­tal well­be­ing.

The de­fence so­lic­i­tor had said that given the se­ri­ous­ness of the charge and the fact that his client was in re­ceipt of a so­cial wel­fare pay­ment, he was mak­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion for le­gal aid, which was also granted.

The ac­cused had been ar­rested on July 17, two days af­ter the al­leged rape, but was re­leased with­out charge the fol­low­ing day.

How­ever, he was re-ar­rested for the pur­pose of be­ing charged on July 21 and has been in cus­tody on re­mand since then.

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