New charge for child rape suspect

A man facing charges of raping two girls had a further rape charge put to him yesterday.

The 30-year-old from Athlone, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Harristown District Court in Castlerea, Co Roscommon. He has been on remand at the adjoining Castlerea Prison since October. At the request of his lawyer Gearoid Geraghty he has been on suicide watch.

He was initially charged with four counts: Twice raping each of the girls, aged 6 and 9, at an address in Athlone on Sept 28.

The girls had been attending a birthday party in the area and the alarm was raised when they were discovered to be missing. It later emerged that they had been raped at a nearby house.

At Harristown District Court last month Mr Geraghty confirmed his client had waived his right to the book of evidence and that he had indicated he would be pleading guilty to the four charges when the case comes before the Central Criminal Court.

In court yesterday prosecuting Insp Padraig Jones advised Judge Geoffrey Browne there was a new charge.

Sgt Yvette McCormack gave evidence of meeting with the accused yesterday before court got under way.

She further charged him with additionally raping one of the young girls. He had made no reply to the charge, Sgt McCormack said.

He was remanded in custody for a further week.


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