THE BOOK of evidence has been served on a well-known GAA figure charged with in excess of 30 counts of sexual assault.
The man, who is in his fifties, had a number of charges that were previously preferred against him withdrawn, and replaced by new charge sheets.
Detective Garda Michael Reidy said he had charged the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, before the court.
After cautioning the defendant, Det Garda Reidy informed the court that the man had nothing to say. The detective then served the book of evidence on the accused.
State solicitor Aidan Judge applied for the case to be returned for trial to the next sitting of Limerick Circuit Criminal Court.
He said it was an appropriate case for the alibi warning which Judge Mary Larkin imparted to the accused.
“If you intend to rely on an alibi you must furnish the names and addresses of each and every witness within 14 days,” said Judge Larkin. Current bail conditions, which include signing on twice a week in a County Limerick garda station, surrendering of his passport and not to interfere with witnesses, were extended. Judge Larkin also reiterated to the media that there are reporting restrictions.
The defendant’s solicitor, Ronan Kennedy, did not make any applications during the brief case which lasted a matter of minutes. His client was sat in the public gallery throughout.