Two charged with alleged sexual offences

Two men appeared at last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court, in separate cases of alleged sexual offences.

Neither accused man can be named for legal reasons.

A 65-year-old man was charged with sexual assault contrary to section 2 of the Criminal Law (Rape) (Amendment) Act 1990, as amended.

The alleged offence occurred in Monasterevin on March 9 last year.

Detective Sgt PJ O’Brien gave evidence that it was alleged the accused was at home on the night when a young lady of 15 years of age called to his house. He gave her vodka and she passed out, and when she came to she found herself in a state of undress.

Dec Sgt O’Brien said he charged the accused on July 2 at Kildare Garda Station. When charged, the man replied: “What happened to the rape she accused me of? I’ve lost my house over this.”

Dec Sgt O’Brien said the DPP had directed for summary disposal of the case on a guilty plea only.

However, Judge John Coughlan refused jurisdiction. The matter was put back to September 11 for a book of evidence. Solicitor is Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick.

Also before last week’s court in Portlaoise was a 21-year-old Mountmellick man, charged with rape.

The alleged offence occurred in Abbeyleix on January 6 last year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly said that a book of evidence had been served on the man. The inspector said there was no garda objection to bail.

The accused was sent to the current sitting of the Central Criminal Court.

Defence was Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick, with one junior counsel and one senior counsel assigned.

Ms Fitzpatrick requested a section 56 order in the case.


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