Aviation chief appears in court on sex charge
A WEALTHY aviation industry boss has appeared in court charged with sexually assaulting a woman in north Dublin.
The businessman, who is in his 40s, was granted bail when he appeared before Dublin District Court on a single count of assaulting the woman.
Judge David McHugh set bail after accepting the assertion of his lawyer that he was not "a flight risk".
Applying for bail, the defendant's lawyer said people who worked in the aviation industry were not a class of individuals for whom bail was always objected to.
He said the defendant was a businessman of "impeccable character" who had never come to the attention of the gardai before.
"Everybody in the aviation business is not prima facie a flight risk," he said.
The prosecuting garda said he was not objecting to bail, subject to conditions.
The defendant's lawyer asked for his passport to be returned by the gardai, saying he needed it for his business.
The garda consented to this if other conditions were imposed.
Judge McHugh set bail in the defendant's own cash bond of €300, on condition that he signs on once a week at his local garda station, lives at his home address and stays away from the alleged injured party.
He is also to be "of good behaviour and sober habits".
The defendant was remanded in custody with consent to bail. He later left the Criminal Courts of Justice after taking up bail. He will appear in court again on a date in October.