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No bail for lag charged with prison rape

CourtsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
No bail for lag charged with prison rape

A prison lag appeared in court charged with raping a fellow inmate at Cloverhill Prison.

The inmate was refused bail and remanded in custody amid fears that he would try to leave the country if released.

There have only been a handful of prison rape cases before the courts in Ireland.  

The accused lag, who can’t be named for legal reasons, is charged with raping another prisoner at Cloverhill Prison on the 9th of February 2014.

Applying for bail the man’s solicitor, John Shanley, said his client would abide by any bail conditions.

Mr Shanley said the man had “given his version of events” to the gardai.

The solicitor also said that his client faces up to two-and-a-half years on remand while he awaits a trial date.

Garda Stephen Cullen opposed bail, citing the seriousness of the charge, which carries a maximum life sentence upon conviction.

The officer said he fears that the accused, who has no fixed abode, may leave the jurisdiction.

The court heard that the alleged victim has made a statement of complaint to gardai and forensic evidence has been gathered.

Judge Victor Blake refused bail and remanded the man in custody.