Man appears in court charged with alleged rape in west Dublin

An American tourist in her 20s told Gardaí she was assaulted in the early hours of Wednesday morning

Man appears in court charged with alleged rape in west Dublin

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Updated 13:05

A man has appeared in court charged with the rape of a woman in west Dublin.

The woman in her 20s, believed to be an American tourist, told gardaí she was attacked in a park near Blanchardstown in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The alleged attack happened shortly after midnight and it is believed the woman was in the company of her alleged attacker.

This morning, a 30-year-old man appeared in court charged in connection with the incident.

The court heard he was arrested on Wednesday and made no reply when he was charged last night at Blanchardstown Garda Station.

Details of the alleged rape were heard this afternoon when the accused man made an application for bail.

A garda told the Judge it will be alleged he had met the woman on Tuesday night and went together to a park in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

There, it will be alleged he forced her to have sex with him and was violent towards her during the attack.

It will be alleged he said ‘Do what you’re told or I’ll kill you’ and made her believe he had a knife and would slice her into little pieces.

It will also be alleged he attempted to strangle her with her own scarf and afterwards told her it she was lucky he didn’t cut her up.

Judge David McHugh refused bail and remanded the accused in custody to appear in court again until next Thursday.

He warned the media that reporting restrictions are in place and nothing can be reported that could identify the alleged injured party or the defendant.

Detectives are urging any witnesses who may have noticed suspicious activity around the park on Wednesday evening to contact them.