Man charged with rape appears before Portlaoise court

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Man charged with rape appears before Portlaoise court

A Laois man has been charged with rape arising from an incident last summer.

The man (43) is charged with one count of rape, assault causing harm, taking a vehicle without consent, false imprisonment, and theft at a location in Laois on August 7 last year.

At last week's sitting of Portlaoise District Court, Sgt Karen Reilly gave evidence that when she charged the accused, he replied: “I took no money. How could you take money from someone who never has it?”

Sgt Reilly said the DPP had directed the accused be sent forward to the Central Criminal Court for trial on indictment.

The matter was adjourned to April 4 next for the serving of a book of evidence. The accused was granted bail, with a condition attached that he have no contact with the injured party.

Judge Catherine Staines directed that the name of the accused cannot be published, to protect the identity of the injured party.