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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Alleged false rape allegation woman bailed

PROSECUTORS have been given more time to prepare their case against a Brazilian woman accused of making a false allegation that she was raped in Dublin.

A court heard the directions of the DPP were not available yet and gardai were still preparing a "substantial file".

Judge Anthony Halpin granted a one-month adjournment, but said the DPP's directions should concern the "gravity or magnitude" of the offence rather than the size of the file.

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Thais Regina de Oliveira (20), a student with an address at Cabra Park, Phibsboro is charged with making a false statement at Mountjoy Garda Station on August 28 last.

She allegedly told gardai she was dragged down a laneway by three men and sexually assaulted as she walked to work at Cabra Park on August 24.

The accused, wearing a black top, cardigan, jeans and boots, was on bail when she appeared in Dublin District Court.

It was her third time in court since she was arrested earlier this month. Defence Solicitor Peter Keatings said Ms de Oliveira had taken up bail since her last court appearance and was now living at another address, details of which were handed in to court. There was no garda objection to this.

Det Gda Kevin Keys said the file was not yet completed and would take another two to three weeks. A lot of agencies were involved, he said.

Mr Keatings said his client was a foreign national, it was an unusual situation for her and he asked if the case could be "moved along".

Det Gda Keys said the file was substantial.

"I would have thought directions were in relation to the magnitude or gravity of the offence," Judge Halpin said.

He added that he did not see how this was affected by the length of the file. The accused's signing on requirement for bail was changed to Blackrock garda station.

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She was remanded on continuing bail to appear in court again on a date next month.

The defendant did not address the court during the brief proceedings, which were translated to her by a Portuguese interpreter. Previously, the court heard it was alleged Ms de Oliveira persisted with a rape claim for 12 days and identified a man she had met.

During the bail hearing, Judge Halpin was told the accused allegedly wasted "considerable" garda resources in her claim and officers "came close" to making an arrest before she made admissions.

Bail was granted in her own cash bond of €1,000 cash.

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