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Bail Refused For Youth Accused Of Raping Woman In South Dublin

Tom Douglas
Tom Douglas

03:31 7 Oct 2022

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A teenager charged with raping a woman in a car in Dublin has been denied bail.

The now-19 year old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at the Dublin Children's Court because the offence happened when he was a minor.

He is accused of raping a woman inside a car in South Dublin on a date in March of 2020.

Detective Garda Mark Costello objected to bail due to the seriousness of the case and alleged intimidation.

The Detective said, within a day of the alleged incident, a witness had liquid poured through their letterbox, and there was a threat of arson.

He agreed with the defence solicitor this was over two and a half years ago, but added Gardai have also investigated later threats and online messages.

None of them have, as of yet, resulted in charges, but the Detective says they are being considered by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The defence also asked the judge to note the accused denies the charge, and said the man would abide by conditions and have no contact with witnesses on any platform.

However, Judge Kelly refused bail and remanded him in custody.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has directed "trial on indictment" in the Central Criminal Court.

The state must now prepare a book of evidence and present it to the accused before his trial.

Additional reporting by Tom Tuite.
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