Date Published: 06-Jun-2008
The Galway rape case at the Central Criminal Court, where the defendant is a Czech national, has been adjourned until Monday
At yesterday’s sitting a Galway woman claimed she was held up against her car and raped by a man she had kissed earlier in the night.
The 23-year-old man has pleaded NOT guilty to raping and sexually assaulting the 24-year-old woman on or about July 28, 2007 in County Galway.
The woman told prosecuting counsel Mary Ellen Ring she was with friends in a pub when a man came up behind her as she stood at the bar and put his hands up her sweater.
The complainant said they started talking when she was outside later having a cigarette and he kissed her.
He asked her to come home with him that night but she refused. When she left the pub on her own she saw the man outside and said goodbye
She said he walked her into a doorway where they kissed for a few seconds before she said she was going
She moved away from him and jumped over a fence to her car but he followed her and sexually assaulted her
She said she managed to turn around but he put her back facing the car and raped her.
Defence counsel, Diarmaid McGuinness told the jury his client admitted having sex with the woman at her car but insists it was consensual.
The trial will continue on Monday before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of eight men and four women.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.