Donegal man (21) faces trial over alleged rape at licensed premises

July 19, 2021

A YOUNG Donegal man charged with raping a woman at a licensed premises in Donegal is to go on trial at the Central Criminal Court.

A book of evidence was served on the 21-year-old man at Letterkenny District Court.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons in order to protect the identity of the alleged victim, did not speak during a brief hearing.

He is charged with the rape of a woman at a named licensed premises in Donegal on a date in February 2020.

The man faces a charge of false imprisonment and another of attempted rape.

The man is further charged with two counts of sexual assault on the same date at the same location.

Sergeant Gerard Dalton told the court that the Director of Public Prosecution has consented for the man to be sent forward to the next sitting of the Central Criminal Court.

Garda Fiona Doherty gave evidence of the service of the book of evidence on the accused.

Judge Deirdre Gearty administered the alibi warning and issued a section 56 order in relation to tapes of interviews.

The accused was remanded on continuing bail. Conditions of bail were relaxed with the man to sign on once a month at a Garda station rather than once a week.

Legal aid was granted to Mr Frank Dorrian and assigned two legal counsel.

Judge Gearty issued a publication order to protect the alleged victim in the case.