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Man (39) faces trial over sex attacks on women in Dublin city

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Philip Murphy arrived on a flight from England on Monday

Philip Murphy arrived on a flight from England on Monday

Philip Murphy arrived on a flight from England on Monday

A Dublin man accused of falsely imprisoning, threatening to kill, and sexually assaulting two women in the city centre is facing trial after being extradited from the UK.

Philip Murphy (39) was brought before Dublin District Court yesterday morning after he arrived on a flight from England and was charged on Monday.

Judge Colin Daly remanded him in custody after no bail application was made on his behalf.

Mr Murphy, from Clondalkin but of no fixed address, is charged with false imprisonment, threatening to kill and sexually assaulting named women in two separate attacks on the same day in the north city centre.

Warrants

Both assaults are alleged to have happened on February 25, 2016.

Yesterday morning, Detective Garda Emma Ryan told Judge Daly she arrested the accused at Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel at 5.05pm on Monday, on foot of six warrants that had been issued at the district court on December 17, 2018.

He was brought to Store Street Garda Station, where he was charged at 6.04pm.

Mr Murphy made no reply to any of the six charges after caution and was handed copies of the charge sheets, Det Gda Ryan said.

Defence solicitor Emer O'Sullivan said no bail application was being made.

The judge asked Det Gda Ryan if the DPP had issued directions yet.

She replied that directions had been given and they were for the case to proceed on indictment to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Daly said he would adjourn the case for mention and it could be further put back for the preparation of a book of evidence.

He remanded the accused in custody, to appear at Cloverhill District Court on June 16.

Ms O'Sullivan asked the judge to recommend the accused is detained at a different prison from Cloverhill and that this would assist the accused greatly.

The judge told her that he could not direct this, but made the recommendation for Mr Murphy to be transferred as requested.

He also granted free legal aid after Ms O'Sullivan made an application and said it was an "appropriate" case.

The accused, dressed in a striped jumper and blue jeans and wearing a blue face mask, was not required to address the court during the brief hearing.

He has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.