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Friday 21 September 2018

Man (24) charged with rape and imprisonment of Spanish student (18)

The Irish Glass Bottle site
The Irish Glass Bottle site

A man has appeared in court charged with raping, imprisoning and threatening to kill a teenage Spanish student in Dublin.

The accused (24), who cannot be named, was arrested and charged by gardai investigating a sex attack on an 18-year-old woman on waste ground in the south of the city last weekend.

Judge Michael Walsh remanded him in custody for the preparation of a book of evidence after hearing he had a "significant history" of mental health problems.

No bail application was made on his behalf. The accused is charged with offences which allegedly occurred at the Irish Glass Bottle site, Ringsend, on July 15 or 16.

The man was originally arrested for questioning at Irishtown Garda Station on Monday before being released without charge the following day.

Earlier yesterday, he was due in court on unrelated charges when gardai re-arrested him and applied to have his bail revoked on those charges.

Judge Walsh revoked bail and the accused was charged with the rape, false imprisonment and threat to kill offences while he was in custody.

Det Gda Bryan Hunt told Dublin District Court that the accused made no reply to any of the charges after caution.

"The DPP directs trial on indictment on all three matters, judge," Det Gda Hunt said.

Defence solicitor Tony Collier made no application for bail "in light of the applications to revoke other bail bonds".

Mr Collier asked the judge to direct a psychiatric report on the accused. The judge asked what the basis was.

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Mr Collier replied it was because of "concerns I would have about his mental well-being at this time". He said he had dealt with the accused in the past and "he has a significant history".

Judge Walsh instead ordered that the defendant receives "such medical treatment as the prison governor and his medical advisers deem appropriate".

He granted free legal aid after hearing the defendant receives disability payments. The accused was remanded to appear at Cloverhill District Court next Friday.

The 18-year-old student, who arrived in Dublin only recently, was living with a host family.

She was in the city centre on Saturday night and told gardai she met a man on the quays. She told officers they went to a green area where she alleged the attack took place.

She later escaped and raised the alarm. Gardai made contact with her family in Spain and they travelled to Dublin.

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