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Saturday 16 December 2017

Woman charged with making false report of sex attack

A BRAZILIAN student has been charged with making a false statement to gardai that she was seriously sexually assaulted in a laneway in Dublin.

Regina Thais de Oliveira (20), is charged with making a false report to officers that she was attacked by three men after being dragged down a lane as she walked to work.

Judge James Faughnan deferred a decision on whether to grant her bail at Dublin District Court and remanded her in custody for five days.

Ms Oliveira, a student with an address at Cabra Park, Phibsboro, is charged with making a false statement at Mountjoy Garda Station on August 28 last.

She allegedly told gardai she was assaulted by three men at Cabra Park on August 24.

Gardai began a search for the alleged culprits and issued a public appeal for information in the following days.

Detective Garda Kevin Keys said he arrested the accused at Cabra Park at 10am yesterday. She was brought to Mountjoy Garda Station, where she was charged at 3.58pm.

She made no reply after caution.

Objecting to bail, Det Gda Keys said he feared the accused would leave the country as she had no ties to Ireland.

Flight

She had been due to return to Brazil next January but changed her flight in the last couple of days to 6pm yesterday.

It was a serious charge carrying a potential prison term on conviction on indictment of up to five years, he said.

Questioned by Defence Solicitor Peter Keatings, Det Gda Keys confirmed that he had the accused's passport and that she had told him that while she did not intend returning to Ireland, she was happy to come back if the gardai required her to.

Mr Keatings said the accused had been at an address here with three other people including her Brazilian boyfriend.

"It is a real relationship, she says, and that is a tie (to the country)," Mr Keatings said.

Mr Keatings said his client enjoyed a presumption of innocence.

"She is before the court for an offence of basically telling the gardai something that did not happen and for those reasons I do not accept anything that she will say," Det Gda Keys said.

Judge Faughnan remanded her in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court on September 10

Ms de Oliveira, wearing a light brown leather jacket, blue t-shirt and red jeans broke down in tears as she was remanded in custody.

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