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Sunday 22 April 2018

Sexual assault accused 'put hand up woman's skirt'

A man has been accused of putting his hand up a woman's skirt in a city centre street. Stock photo: PA Archive
A man has been accused of putting his hand up a woman's skirt in a city centre street. Stock photo: PA Archive

A man has been accused of putting his hand up a woman's skirt in a city centre street.

The 36-year-old appeared in court yesterday charged with sexually assaulting the woman after approaching her from behind as she walked home.

Judge Brian O'Shea adjourned the case at Dublin District Court for the unemployed accused to consider his plea.

He is originally from Co Mayo but lives in north Dublin.

The Director of Public Prosecutions directed summary disposal of the case at district court level, subject to the judge considering jurisdiction.

A garda told the court that the woman was walking on Cope Street at around 7.30pm on June 22. The accused is all-eged to have approached her from behind and "put his hand up underneath her skirt".

Curfew

Judge O'Shea accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case after reading the woman's statement and directed disclosure of prosecution statements to the defence by January 12.

The judge also reduced curfew hours from between 11pm and 7am to 11pm and 5am after the accused's solicitor said he was seeking work and finding the existing curfew "somewhat prohibitive".

Judge O'Shea relaxed the requirement to sign on at a garda station after hearing that the accused was going back to Co Mayo for "the break" between December 21 and January 4.

He was signing on at a Dublin garda station three times and week and would be staying at the family home for that period.

The judge asked if he could sign on in Mayo. "I'm sure he could," his lawyer said. The garda consented to that. Judge O'Shea remanded the defendant on continuing bail.

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