A young woman was allegedly raped in a park in Cork by two men on June 28, 2013, and gardaí objected to bail being granted to one of the accused yesterday.
Detective Garda Katrine Tansley testified during a bail application her fear that if given bail, the accused would not turn up in court to stand trial.
“He is charged with rape which carries a maximum of life imprisonment on conviction,” said Det Garda Tansley.
“There is strong evidence in the case. The alleged circumstances are that the injured party was present [in a park] between 3 and 4am when she was subjected to rape by two males and one has been identified as a defendant. He was known to witnesses and to extent by the injured party.
“It was alleged both males began to kiss her and she was then held down by the defendant when the other male placed his fingers in her vagina.”
Defence solicitor, Frank Buttimer, objected to this evidence and suggested it was enough to say alleged rape without putting up allegations that could not be tested by the cross-examination of witnesses who were not present in court.
The detective said she was merely trying to outline the allegations as allowed under legislation. Inspector John Deasy said he was sorry if the facts were graphic but that the allegations had to be put before the court.
Det Garda Tansley said the accused attempted to flee when gardaí called to arrest him on Tuesday. “It is very clear to me he is evading gardaí. My fear is that he will take the same attitude to this case.”
The defendant told gardaí that he had no contact whatsoever with the injured party. In court yesterday the 21-year-old said: “I have not really been evading gardaí. I didn’t even know I was being charged with rape.”
Judge Leo Malone refused bail and remanded the accused in custody until today.
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