By Brendan Grehan
A JOBLESS man charged with 34 rapes and 14 sex assaults of his partner’s daughter over two decades has been sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court.
The man (62) was before Judge Patricia McNamara in Tallaght Court for service of his book of evidence.
He was represented by his counsel, Barry Ward Bl. Mr Ward is expected to be the man’s Junior Counsel in his forthcoming trial.
A Solicitor for the DPP told Judge McNamara that the book was ready to be served.
He said the DPP had consented for the man to be sent forward for trial to the next sitting of the Central Criminal Court.
The man, who has an address in Tallaght, is charged with 16 counts of rape of a named female at his address on dates between 1992 and 2000.
He is also charged with two counts of rape of the same female in a field in County Kildare on dates in 1996.
He is also charged with 14 sex assaults of the same female at his home on dates between 1992 and 2008 and with 16 counts of oral rape of the same female at his home on dates between 1998 and 2005.
Mr Ward asked Judge McNamara to certify on legal aid for both a junior and senior counsel due to the nature of his case. He said his client had lost his job and is unemployed. The Solicitor for the DPP did not object to the application.
Judge McNamara granted Mr Ward’s application. She sent the man forward on his own bail of €300 to the next sitting of the Central Criminal Court.
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