A MAN has appeared before a special sitting of Limerick District Court after he was charged with raping a woman in the early hours of Saturday morning.
THE 31-year-old, who can't be named for legal reasons, is accused of attacking the woman - who is aged in her late 20s - at her home at around 1am on Saturday.
It is alleged that he raped and assaulted her during the incident, which took place at a flat near the city centre.
During this afternoon's special court sitting, Det Garda Andrew Lacey said the defendant denied the offences when he was formally charged late last night.
A bail application made by solicitor Sarah Ryan was opposed by Insp Paul Reidy who said the charges were "very serious".
After hearing details of the objection, Judge Aeneas McCarthy refused bail and he remanded the defendant in custody until Tuesday.
A file is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the incident.