Man charged with defilement of 15-year-old

A man arrested in connection with the case of a teenaged girl who went missing from her home in the UK for five days has been charged with the defilement of a child under 17 years of age.

28-year-old Pitulan Anghel, previously of Flat 9, Portlaoise Road, Mountrath, was granted bail at last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court, having been charged with having a false ID.

Evidence was given at a previous court sitting by Garda Aodhan Ó Flaithearta, who said that when asked for ID Anghel produced ID in the name of Reitan Muntean.

Inspector John Lawless told last week’s court that the State were still awaiting directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions in the case and he requested an adjournment of two weeks.

Anghel was granted bail on a cash bond of €500. Conditions of his bail are that he must reside at 5 Corran Ard, Athy, Co. Kildare, which is the address of his uncle, he must provide a phone number to the gardaí, and he must sign on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at the Athy Garda Station.

He was also ordered not to have any contact with a juvenile involved in the case. The matter was adjourned at last week’s court to April 10 for DPP directions. His solicitor is Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick.

Anghel was arrested in connection with the investigation into the disappearance of 15-year-old Netradica (Neta) Anghel, who went missing from her home in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England, on March 12. She was eventually found safe and well at the Ballyfin Road, Mountrath, on Sunday, March 16.

A garda spokesperson has confirmed that Anghel was subsequently rearrested following the district court and brought back to a special court sitting on Saturday (March 22).

He was charged with defilement of a child under 17 years of age and the garda spokesperson revealed there may be further charges to come.

Anghel has been remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill Courthouse on this Wednesday, March 26.


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