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Sunday 26 January 2020

Husband is accused of New Year rape of wife

Gardai had objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charges.
Gardai had objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charges.

A 36-year-old man has been charged with the rape and serious assault of his wife last New Year's Day.

The man is also facing a further charge of seriously assaulting his wife last February.

In that incident, it is all-eged he grabbed his wife's hand during a verbal row and fractured a bone in her hand.

In the New Year's Day attack, it is alleged the man raped the woman and left her with bruising to her eye and body.

Gardai had objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charges.

Control

Gda Adrian O'Reilly said the man was facing the possibility of further charges in relation to the coercive control of his wife.

Cross-examined by defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe, Gda O'Reilly accepted the couple had been meeting each other on a regular basis since these alleged incidents, but he said the case was "very complex in nature".

Mr Hanahoe said his client denied the charges, and had made statements about his wife assaulting him.

Judge Gerard Jones remanded the man in custody with consent to bail.

As part of his bail conditions, he is to have no contact with his wife.

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