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Monday 18 December 2017

'He raped me when I was 10 and others too and I didn't kill him' - man charged with stab murder

Gardai at the scene of the fatal stabbing at Robinson’s Court
Gardai at the scene of the fatal stabbing at Robinson’s Court

A man accused of murdering wheelchair user Anthony Rogers, who was stabbed to death in his Dublin home, has claimed he was raped by the victim when he was a child.

Alan Harte (36), of Island Key Apartments, East Wall, Dublin 3, was remanded in custody yesterday after he was charged with the murder of Mr Rogers, at Robinson's Court, Cork Street, Dublin 8, on November 6 last year.

Mr Rogers was rushed to St James's Hospital after the stabbing but was later pronounced dead.

The 60-year-old had been confined to a wheelchair after having a leg amputated.

Gardai arrested Mr Harte yesterday morning and charged him at Kevin Street Garda Station before he was brought to appear before Judge Brian O'Shea at Dublin District Court.

Gda Sgt Brona O'Reilly told the court that after the accused was charged, he replied: "Rogers raped me when I was 10, and others too and I didn't kill him."

The district court cannot grant bail in murder cases and the garda applied for a one-week remand in custody.

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Dressed in a navy hooded tracksuit and runners, Mr Harte remained silent during the brief hearing and has not yet indicated how he will plead.

Judge O'Shea agreed to a request from defence solicitor John Quinn to recommend that Mr Harte received psychiatric treatment in custody.

The accused was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on November 23. Legal aid was granted.

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