Court hears claims woman 'incapable of standing' was carried into lane in Cork city and sexually assaulted

Court hears claims woman 'incapable of standing' was carried into lane in Cork city and sexually assaulted

A young woman who left a bar in Cork city on Saturday night in an intoxicated state was carried into a dark lane by a 27-year-old man who sexually assaulted her, it was alleged today in the course of a bail application at Cork District Court.

Detective Garda David Noonan charged the young man with two charges, sexual assault and failing to carry ID required by the Immigration Act and he made no reply when cautioned.

A Georgian interpreter was sworn in for the case before Judge Olann Kelleher yesterday. The accused was represented by Frank Buttimer solicitor on free legal aid.

The detective said the State was opposed to bail being granted to the accused. The seriousness of the alleged offence was outlined in the course of the bail application as one of the grounds for objection.

Det. Garda Noonan said: “On Saturday night, Oct 19, the victim was out socialising. Evidently, she became incapable of standing unaided.

"From the investigation it appears the accused aided the victim out of the bar and carried her to a dark location in a nearby street. It came to a stage he had to carry the victim to this location.

"An independent witness observed what was going on as they left the premises and became so concerned that the witness followed them and informed gardaí due to his concerns. The witness outlined what he observed and intervened when he was at this location (the dark area). The accused was lying on top of the victim and at this stage the witness would say…"

At that stage in the evidence, defence solicitor, Mr Buttimer, objected to further details being given if the witness was not present in court to give evidence.

Det. Garda Noonan said that as a result of what was reported to gardaí they attended at the scene and arrested the accused.

“The injured party has attended at the sexual assault treatment unit,” he said.

In respect of the immigration charge, the detective said the accused was fingerprinted when in custody and the fingerprints were found to be a match (on an international police database) for a person with a different name and date of birth.

Mr Buttimer said that some time would be necessary for the garda investigation in relation to his identity and he did not advance the application for bail pending that.

Judge Kelleher remanded the accused in custody until Thurs, Oct 24.

The charges state that on Oct 19 being a non-national present in the State, he did fail to produce on demand to a member of An Garda Síochána a valid passport or other equivalent document which established his identity and nationality, contrary to the Immigration Act. He is also charged with sexual assault of a named woman.

More on this topic

Defence describes man's disposal of chainsaw as 'act of stupidity' while prosecution claims accused understood the consequencesDefence describes man's disposal of chainsaw as 'act of stupidity' while prosecution claims accused understood the consequences

Mother, 30, admits child cruelty; Garda found children locked into bedrooms on hearing cries for helpMother, 30, admits child cruelty; Garda found children locked into bedrooms on hearing cries for help

Cork man used machete in petrol station robbery, court hears Cork man used machete in petrol station robbery, court hears

Man seeks damages for Dept of Social Protection official giving his address to her brother-in-law private detectiveMan seeks damages for Dept of Social Protection official giving his address to her brother-in-law private detective


More in this Section

'Any authoritative figure could pose a threat' - Call for pathway to residency for undocumented immigrants'Any authoritative figure could pose a threat' - Call for pathway to residency for undocumented immigrants

Man due in court in connection with robbery at Cork service stationMan due in court in connection with robbery at Cork service station

Man, 70s, dies in Co Cork crash Man, 70s, dies in Co Cork crash

Gerry Adams to appeal against prison escape convictions at UK Supreme CourtGerry Adams to appeal against prison escape convictions at UK Supreme Court


Lifestyle

Tis the season for sequins and excess, but minimalists can stick to their style guns in the season’s next level neutrals. From low-key glitz that’s perfect for party wear to the wardrobe heroes with trans-seasonal appeal, slide into neutral for maximum style with minimal effort. Carolyn Moore reports.Low-key glitz for minimalists with this season's neutrals

How to plump, hydrate and get rid of spots fast before your Christmas party.The Skin Nerd: Getting your quick fix for the festive party season

Irish photographer Seamus Murphy brought music star PJ Harvey to Afghanistan to film part of their documentary, writes Esther McCarthy.Headlong into the war zone in new documentary

Kya deLongchamps shows us how to champion our environmentWinter greens: How to champion our environment this season

More From The Irish Examiner