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Man in court accused of raping woman at GAA ground in Co Donegal

 7th September 2022

A man has appeared in court accused of raping a woman at a GAA ground in Co Donegal.

The man, who is aged in his 20s, cannot be named for legal reasons.

He appeared at Letterkenny District Court where details of the service of a book of evidence was given.

The alleged incident took place at the GAA ground on a date in 2021.

The accused also faces a further charge of sexually assaulting the same woman at the same date and at the same location.

He did not speak during the short hearing.

Detective Garda Kieran Kelly gave evidence of serving the book of evidence on the defendant.

The charges are contrary to Section 4 and Section 2 of the Criminal Law (Rape) (Amendment) Act, 1990.

Garda Sergeant Jim Collins said that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had consented for the accused to be returned for trial to the next sitting of the Central Criminal Court.

Judge Éiteáin Cunningham administered the alibi warning and made a Section 56 order in relation to videotapes of interviews with the accused.

The judge also made a publication order to protect the identity of the alleged victim in the case.

Legal aid was granted to the accused man’s solicitor Mr Frank Dorrian who requested two legal counsel to be assigned.

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