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case adjourned Man 'grabbed woman's breast as she took blood sample,' court told


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A PATIENT at a clinic grabbed a medical worker's breast while she was taking a blood sample from him, it has been alleged.

Resham Kandel (48) is accused of sexually assaulting the woman after she had placed a plaster on his arm during the procedure at a Dublin medical centre.

The case against him was adjourned at Blanchardstown District Court for the accused to decide how he intends to plead to the charge.

Mr Kandel, with an address at Fortunes Lawn, Citywest, is charged with sexually assaulting a phlebotomist last February.

Garda Sergeant Walter Sweeney said it would be the prosecution's case that the woman was taking blood from the accused at the clinic when the alleged assault took place.

It was alleged Mr Kandel grabbed her breast while she was placing the plaster on his arm.

He was interviewed by investigating gardaí and made no admissions. A direction was given by the Director Of Public Prosecutions to charge the accused with sexual assault and he was arrested on August 21 for the purpose of charge.

Sgt Sweeney told Judge Gerard Jones the DPP was consenting to the case being dealt with in the district court subject to the issue of jurisdiction being considered.

Judge Jones said he was aware it was only an allegation but he wanted to know the age of the alleged victim so he could consider the seriousness of the case.

Sgt Sweeney was unable to access the woman's date of birth but confirmed that the alleged injured party was an adult.

The nature of the alleged assault was that she was touched on the outside of her clothes, the court heard.

Judge Jones accepted jurisdiction, allowing the case to remain in the district court instead of being sent forward to the circuit court, which has greater potential sentencing powers on conviction.

He granted free legal aid following an application by the defence barrister. He also made an order for prosecution statements to be furnished to the defence.

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The accused has not yet indicated how he intends to plead.

He was not required to be in court for the jurisdiction hearing and Judge Jones remanded him on continuing bail in his absence to a date in November.

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