18-year-old in Limerick court over alleged rape

An 18-year-old youth has appeared before Limerick District Court charged in connection with the alleged rape of a middle-aged woman at the weekend.

An 18-year-old youth has appeared before Limerick District Court charged in connection with the alleged rape of a middle-aged woman at the weekend.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with assaulting the woman causing her harm in the early hours of last Sunday morning at Sluggery, Dooradoyle, on the south side of Limerick city.

Outlining the allegations against the accused, Inspector Pat Connolly told the court that the injured party was walking home alone when she was approached by the defendant, who lured her to a wasteground area where the assault is alleged to have taken place.

Insp. Connolly said the State was opposing bail because more serious charges were expected to follow and because the accused had tried to escape from gardaí when he was arrested on Sunday afternoon.

One of the arresting gardaí, Garda Alison O'Carroll, told the court that she feared the accused would not stand trial if he was granted bail.

Gda O'Carroll told the court that the defendant lived in the same area of the city as his alleged victim and that she feared for the woman's safety as a result.

"I am of the opinion that she may not be safe because of the close proximity to the accused," she said.

Defence solicitor Chris Lynch told Judge Tom O'Donnell that the only charged before the court was an assault charge, contrary to Section Three of the Non Fatal Against the Persons Act and that people charged with more serious offences had been granted bail.

Mr Lynch said his client was not a flight risk as he does not have a passport and he has never been out of the country before.

The defence solicitor added that all his client's family and relatives lived in Limeick. Judge O'Donnell refused the bail application and remanded the defendant in custody until tomorrow.

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