Trial for man accused of rape and sex assaults

Galway Courthouse

A 32-year-old man has been charged with sexually assaulting two girls at his parents’ home and also with raping a neighbour’s son over a four-year period.
The man, who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the complainants, appeared before Galway District Court last week.
He had been arrested and charged earlier with six counts of sexually assaulting one of the girls at his own parents’ home and also at the child’s home at another County Galway location on various dates between 1999 and 2001.
He was also charged with one count of sexually assaulting the other girl on dates between January, 2004 and January, 2005.
Sergeant Tom Doyle told the court the accused made no reply when those charges were put to him.
The man was further charged with 48 counts of sexually assaulting and raping a neighbour’s son on dates between June 30, 2001 and May 31, 2003.
Sergeant Paul McNulty said the accused made no reply when he put those charges to him.
He said the DPP had directed the accused be sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court.
Judge Mary Fahy remanded the man on his own bail of €500 to appear back before the court again in May for service of a Book of Evidence.
Bail was granted on condition he reside at his current County Galway address and inform his solicitor and Gardai of any change of address.
He is to have no contact, by any means – to include social media – with the complainants or any other witnesses involved in the case.
Free Legal Aid was also granted.