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Friday 22 September 2017

Solicitor flown in from Spain on sex charge

TRIAL: Accused forced back

THIS is the solicitor accused of sexually assaulting a young woman at a Dublin college on St Patrick's Day.

Emillio Rodriguez (28) only returned to Ireland to face the charge after an extradition warrant was issued for his arrest.

A court this week heard that Rodriguez, a Spanish national with an address in Christchurch, was notified about the extradition warrant six months ago and he had handed himself in to Spanish authorities two weeks ago.

He had been in custody since April 12 and gardai travelled to Barcelona to escort him to Ireland but they had been unable to leave and spent several days trying to get flights because of the volcanic ash cloud.

Rodriguez is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at the National College of Ireland in the International Financial Services.

The alleged incident took place on March 17, 2005.

Rodriguez spent last weekend in custody in Cloverhill Prison after gardai raised concerns that he might be a flight risk, but a judge released him on bail after his cousin made a cash lodgement of €2,000 to the court.

The accused warmly hugged and kissed his cousin and his sister after he was released from custody.

His cousin lives in Dublin, but his sister had travelled with him to Ireland for the case to be dealt with.

The prosecuting garda had earlier told Judge Ann Watkin at Cloverhill District Court that there were no objections to bail, subject to a number of conditions.

As part of his bail conditions, he is to live with his cousin in an apartment at Castle Street, Dublin, and to sign on three times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at Pearse Street Garda Station.



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The accused also surrendered his passport and gave an undertaking that he would not apply for a new one.

The court heard previously that Rodriguez is an in-house solicitor in a Spanish accountancy firm.

But that job was now effectively closed to him because he would have to remain in the State for up to a year awaiting trial.

The DPP has directed trial on indictment on the charge, and a garda said a book of evidence was almost ready.

Judge Watkin adjourned the case against Rodriguez to the Dublin District Court on a date in June for the service of the book of evidence.

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