Tuesday, December 15, 2020

A MAN in his 40s appeared in Carlow District Court charged with rape and other sex crimes. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sent forward for trial in the Central Criminal Court by Judge Geraldine Carthy last Wednesday.

The defendant faces one count of rape, four counts of sexual assault and one charge of indecent assault. The offences are alleged to have occurred on dates between 1991 and 1995.

Garda Fergal Whelan of Baltinglass Garda Station gave details of arrest, charge and caution.

The defendant replied: “I have nothing to say” or “No, I have nothing to say” after the charges had been read out to him.

Garda Whelan served a book of evidence on the defendant and Judge Carthy also issued him with an alibi warning. If the defendant wished to rely on alibi as part of his defence, he was to notify gardaí of this in writing within 14 days.

Legal aid was requested but was not granted by Judge Carthy after a statement of means was lodged. Defending barrister Maurice Bardon had sought legal aid for two counsel. Judge Carthy did not refuse legal aid, but reserved a decision to be made in the Circuit Criminal Court.

“He is above the (income) threshold in regards of legal aid,” said the judge.

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