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Saturday 10 December 2016

Man to be tried in sex assault and rape case

Judge David McHugh gave the defendant the formal warning that he must provide details of any alibis within 14 days. Stock picture
Judge David McHugh gave the defendant the formal warning that he must provide details of any alibis within 14 days. Stock picture

A Dublin man has been sent for trial charged with aggravated sexual assault, rape and false imprisonment of a woman.

The defendant (27) is also accused of threatening to kill the alleged victim.

He had a book of evidence served on him at Blanchardstown District Court.

The man is charged with aggravated sexual assault at a location in west Dublin on a date in June this year.

He is further charged with falsely imprisoning and raping the woman at the same place and on the same date.

Threats

Another charge is that he threatened to kill her at a different location on the same date.

The alleged offences are under the Criminal Law (Rape) Amendment Act, Offences Against the Person and Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

State Solicitor Mary Kate Halpin said the DPP was consenting to the defendant being sent for trial to the next sittings of the Central Criminal Court on all charges.

Judge David McHugh gave him the formal warning that he must provide details of any alibis within 14 days.

He certified for both junior and senior counsel on free legal aid.

The judge also ordered disclosure of copies of the accused's garda interview.

The accused did not address the court and was remanded on bail.

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