A Donegal pensioner has been charged with rape.

The man, who is from West Donegal, has been returned for trial to Sligo circuit court, on one charge of sexual assault against a male under the Rape Act.

The man is charged that on a date unknown between October 1 1993 and June 1 1994, he sexually assaulted a male contrary to Section 2 of the Criminal Law (Rape) (Amendment) Act 1990 as amended by Section 37 of the Sex Offenders Act 2001

The alleged offence happened at a location in county Sligo.

Garda Shane O’Rourke gave evidence of serving the Book of Evidence on the man, at Sligo District Court.

Sergeant Derek Butler applied for a return for trial on one charge to the next sitting of Sligo Circuit Court on October 6 at 10.30 am.

The court was told there was no objection to a bail bond of E300 in respect of the defendant, who was in court.

Defence solicitor, Mr James Hayes of Hartnett and Hayes solicitors, applied for legal aid and was granted one counsel for the circuit court trial.

The defendant was remanded on continuing bail until that date.

In returning the defendant for trial, Judge Kevin Kilrane said that nothing could be published that might tend to identify the defendant or the alleged victim.


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