A LIMERICK city man was remanded in custody after he appeared in court charged with multiple counts of rape, assault, and false imprisonment.
The defendant, who is aged 33, is accused of seven counts of falsely imprisoning a woman and raping her 34 times over the course of a week in early May.
He is also charged with two counts of sexually assaulting the woman and with five counts of assaulting her causing her harm.
All of the offences are alleged to have happened at locations in Limerick city on dates between May 3 and May 9, last.
It is alleged the woman, who is from the southside of the city, was “pulled from a taxi” by a number of men and bundled into another vehicle before being taken to a flat near the city centre.
All of the rape offences are alleged to have happened at this address while the woman was being held against her will.
It is alleged she was assaulted at two other locations in the city during the week-long ordeal.
The defendant, who can’t be identified for legal reasons, first appeared in court in May after he was arrested in Dublin a number of days after the alleged victim made a statement of complaint to gardai.
He was initially charged with assaulting the woman causing her harm and an additional 47 charges were preferred this Wednesday after investigating gardai received instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Detective Garda Keith Harmon said the defendant replied “That’s all lies, I’m not guilty of all those charges” when he was charged.
Solicitor John Devane said he had concerns that the charges had been brought as he had sent a letter to investigating gardai from the alleged injured party, who was present in court, indicating that she wished to withdraw her statement of complaint.
However, Judge Eugene O’Kelly said that was not a matter for him as he didn’t know what other evidence may form part of the prosecution case.
The judge noted the DPP has directed that the matter will be heard on indictment before the Central Criminal Court and he said: “The DPP is entitled to prepare a book of evidence.”
Mr Devane said he wished to make a bail application on behalf of his client but Sergeant Donal Cronin indicated there would a strong objection to bail.
Judge O’Kelly remanded the defendant in custody indicating he would hear the bail application on September 10, next.
Two other men are also before the courts after they were previously charged with falsely imprisoning the woman on May 3, last.