Bail refused to man accused of raping Spanish student
A man accused of raping a Spanish student in Dublin was refused bail yesterday when he was returned for trial.
The 18-year-old victim, who had come to Ireland earlier this year to live with a host family, was allegedly taken to waste-ground in the south side and raped in a tent on July 15.
The accused, who is from Dublin but cannot be named for legal reasons, faced his seventh hearing when he appeared before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court.
He was served with a book of evidence by Garda Bryan Hunt and Judge Blake made an order sending him forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court.
Initially the 24-year-old was charged with one count of rape, false imprisonment and threat to kill or cause serious harm to the woman at the Irish Glass Bottle site in Ringsend.
Three additional charges were subsequently brought against him - two additional counts of raping the teenager and one charge of sexually assaulting her.
The accused, described by the defence as having a "difficult life", made no application for bail at his first court appearance on July 21, but yesterday he did apply.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) directed that he face trial on indictment on all matters.
Judge Blake told him that if he intended to rely on an alibi at his trial, he must notify the prosecution within 14 days.
The accused twice replied "No" when asked if he understood and, during a recess in the hearing, it was explained to him by his solicitor Tony Collier.
He has not yet indicated how he will plead.
Gda Hunt objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charges and fears he would not turn up for his trial.
The accused was accompanied to court by his mother and it was proposed by the defence that he would live with her at her house if he was granted bail.
Pleading for bail, Mr Collier asked the court to note his client still enjoyed the presumption of innocence and the State's case has yet to be tested in terms of admissibility of evidence.
He said the man would abide by strict bail terms, but his family could not provide a significant independent surety.
The court heard the accused was on social welfare and has had significant engagement with psychiatrists and psychologists.
Judge Blake refused bail and ordered that the accused should be sent forward for trial in custody. The defence indicated that the man may now apply to the High Court for bail.