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Foreign national taxi driver accused of rape granted €20,000 bail

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Court: One of his friends put himself forward to stand independent bail for the accused
Court: One of his friends put himself forward to stand independent bail for the accused

A TAXI driver accused of the rape of a passenger in Co. Kildare last year has been granted €20,000 bail.

The man, a foreign national living in Dublin who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged under section two of the Criminal Law Act, 1981 with raping a woman on September 9 last year.

He had been arrested on the evening of June 13th at Dublin Airport.

He was initially refused bail at a special sitting of Naas District Court the following day when Det Garda Paul Carney cited the seriousness of the offence and fears the accused was a flight risk.

The defendant had said “no comment” when he was charged and asked if he had any reply.

On June 19th he appeared at Cloverhill District Court; a book of evidence was served on the accused who was then sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court where he will face his next hearing in October. No plea was entered and he wast further remanded in custody.

However, last Thursday in the High Court he was granted bail terms which stated that he must obey a curfew at his home in Dublin from 10pm to 8am, sign on daily at his local garda station, and an independent surety was sought.

Today at Dublin District Court one of his friends put himself forward to stand independent bail for the accused.

Det Garda Paul Carney of Leixlip station objected however, Judge Michael Walsh agreed to allow the man stand bail in the sum of €20,000. Half the amount was lodged and the remainder is to be frozen in his bank account.