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Man (60s) accused of sexually assaulting woman in Dunnes Stores car park

Garda Robert Diffley told Judge O'Shea the accused man was arrested in the city centre
Tom Tuite

A Dublin man is to face trial accused of sexually assaulting a female in a Dunnes Stores car park.

The man, who is in his sixties, appeared before Judge Brian O'Shea at Dublin District Court yesterday.

He is accused of sexually assaulting the complainant, who was already known to him, on a date earlier this year at the car park of a north Dublin branch of the retail chain.

Garda Robert Diffley told Judge O'Shea the accused man was arrested in the city centre.

His reply to the charge under caution at a garda station was "it's all lies sergeant".

Gda Diffley said reporting restrictions were needed.

Defence solicitor Danica Kinane asked that her client would not be named as he and the alleged injured party were known to each other.

Naming him could identify her, Ms Kinane said.

The judge ordered the media not to publish the name of the accused in case it led to identification of the complainant.

The man was ordered to appear again in the district court next month to be served with a book of evidence and for a trial order to be made.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has directed trial on indictment, meaning the man's case will go forward to the Circuit Court.

Bail was set at €500.

Judge O'Shea imposed conditions on the man who did not address the court.

He was told he has to provide gardaí with a contact phone number, obey an 11pm to 7am curfew and to sign on three days a week at a garda station in Dublin.

The judge warned him he must not contact the complainant directly or indirectly and he was also ordered to stay out of areas of the city's north side.

Legal aid was granted after the judge noted the man was in receipt of social welfare.

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