Taxi driver accused of raping passenger

Central Criminal Court
Central Criminal Court

A TAXI driver accused of the rape of a passenger in Co. Kildare last year has been served with a book of evidence and returned for trial.

The man, a foreign national who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been arrested last Saturday evening at Dublin Airport.

He was 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 flight risk.

The man, who remains in custody on remand, is charged under section two of the Criminal Law Act, 1981 with raping a woman on September 9 last year.

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

The defendant faced his second hearing today and appeared before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court. Det Garda Carney served the book of evidence on the accused and the judge heard that the DPP has directed that the man is to face trial on indictment.

The judge ordered that the accused was being sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court where his case will resume on a later date.

No plea was entered and he has been further remanded in custody.