Man charged with raping son a “flight-risk” as “non-national with no ties”

A man who has been charged with raping his young son has been refused bail as the court heard he was a “flight risk” because he was a “non-national with no ties”. 

Both the man and a woman appeared in Cork District Court yesterday charged with a series of offences including the rape, sexual assault and sexual exploitation of their young son when he was aged between three and 4½ years old.

Following an investigation by the Cork City Garda Protective Services Unit, the couple were arrested and in court the man was charged with 12 offences and the woman with three offences.

The man was charged with three counts of anally raping his son at a location in Cork on dates between September 11th, 2014 and June 18th, 2015 under the Criminal Law Rape Amendment Act 1990

He was also charged with three counts of sexually exploiting his son by allowing or inducing the child to engage in a sexual act with another male, again between the same dates in 2014 and 2015, contrary to section 3 (3) of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998.

Further charges alleged that he sexually exploited his son by allowing or inducing the child to engage in a sexual act with a female – and that he allowed or induced the child to engage in a sexual act with a dog.

The woman (44) was charged with one count of sexually assaulting the child between September 11th, 2013 and June 18th, 2015 and with two counts of sexually exploiting the child by inducing him to engage in a sexual act with her, also between those dates.

The man was further charged with possessing €3,000 worth of heroin for sale or supply.

The couple cannot be named to protect the anonymity of their son. A garda from the Cork City Division Protective Services Unit said that the man made no reply to any of the charges after being arrested and cautioned. The  woman denied each of her charges.

Both of the accused were granted free legal aid after the court heard they were both living on disability benefit.

The court heard that gardaí were objecting to bail for the man because they feared that he was a flight risk as he was a non-national who had no family ties to Ireland.  Bail  was also opposed due to the seriousness of the charges and the possibility of life imprisonment if found guilty. The investigating Garda said he might abscond to avoid trial if granted bail.

The court refused the man basil, but Judge Olann Kelleher granted bail to the woman on condition she reside at her home address, abide by a curfew, sign on at a local Garda station three times a week, surrender her passport and provide a mobile number so gardaí can contact her 24/7.

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