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Thursday 8 December 2016

Inmate accused of raping fellow prisoner in Cloverhill

Cloverhill Prison
Cloverhill Prison
A prisoner accused of raping an inmate at Cloverhill Prison has been refused bail and remanded in custody amid garda fears he may try to flee the country

A prisoner accused of raping an inmate at Cloverhill Prison has been refused bail and remanded in custody amid garda fears he may try to flee the country.

The allegation of what is commonly known as 'prison rape' has been prosecuted only a handful of times in Ireland.

The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is charged with raping his fellow inmate at Cloverhill Prison on February 9, 2014.

Applying for bail, the man's solicitor, John Shanley, said his client would abide by any bail conditions.

Mr Shanley said the accused will be fighting the allegation.

He said the man had been interviewed by gardai and had "given his own version of events".

He claimed the alleged victim was in custody at the time in relation to an offence that involved "deceit".

Mr Shanley also said the accused now faces spending up to two-and-a-half years on remand in prison while he awaits a trial date.

Garda Stephen Cullen told Cloverhill District Court that the accused was handed a true copy of the charge sheet, and made no reply to the charge after caution.

Gda Cullen said he had objections to bail, citing the seriousness of the charge, which carries a maximum life sentence upon conviction.

The garda said he fears the accused may leave the jurisdiction, as he has no fixed address.

Gda Cullen said he also fears the accused may interfere with witnesses, specifically the alleged injured party, as the pair know each other.

Evidence

The court heard the alleged victim has made a statement of complaint to gardai and forensic evidence has also been gathered by officers.

Mr Shanley said the accused has family living in Dublin, and can reside with his mother at an address in west Dublin.

The accused also gave evidence to the court, saying he could live with his mother.

Judge Victor Blake refused bail and remanded the man in custody for one week.

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