A 23-year-old Co Galway man has been returned for trial to the present sittings of the Central Criminal Court charged with the alleged rape of a woman in the city centre less than five months ago.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Judge Mary Fahy at Galway District Court on Monday charged with rape, aggravated assault, and assault causing harm at a city centre location on October 16, 2010.
Garda Gerard Morrissey gave evidence of serving the book of evidence on the accused man before the court sitting. Inspector Mick Coppinger informed the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions has consented to the accused being returned for trial to the present sittings of the Central Criminal Court.
Judge Fahy returned the accused for trial to the Central Criminal Court before giving him an alibi warning and granting free legal aid. She also granted an application for one junior and one senior counsel.