A man accused of sexually assaulting a girl in Dublin has suffered head injuries after confronting up to 40 ‘vigilantes’, a court has heard.
According to the Irish Independent, 23-yr-old Anatol Botnari was arrested on Saturday evening and taken to Ballymun Garda train station.
Gardaí accused the Moldovan migrant of sexually assaulting a girl on February 4 in the north of the city.
He was being held pending his appearance in Dublin District Court on Monday before Judge Ciaran Liddy, who set bail at €750 with a number of conditions.
Garda Detective Conor Garland told Judge Liddy that the defendant has not responded to the allegations, reports the Independent.
He refused bail citing concerns about the risk of absconding and said the defendant, who gave an address in Sorrel Heath, Clonsilla, Dublin, had been in Ireland since September.
He told the court the man had been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl. He claimed that there were witnesses to the incident and that he was on CCTV footage near the crime scene.
He said the defendant gave two addresses.
The court heard at the first check, “the person at that address confirmed that the accused does not live there”, reports Independent.
According to the Independent, Det Gda Garland said the main problem with him was the address. He also stated that he was not sure of the defendant’s true identity and that he was awaiting feedback from Interpol.
Det Gda Garland agreed with the defence that the defendant required hospitalization for head injuries “due to persons present at the scene”.
However, he confirmed that the defendant received medical attention.
Det Gda Garland said the address was also verified, but the homeowners told Gardaí the defendant does not live there.
However, he accepted they weren’t on trial. Det Gda Garland agreed with the defence that the defendant required hospitalization for head injuries “due to people at the scene”, reports Independent.
The lawyer described them as “vigilantes group” but the officer said he didn’t know they were.
However according to the Independent, he confirmed that the defendant received medical attention.
He was unable to say whether members of the 30-40-strong group were among the witnesses who gave statements.
The solicitor requested bail, arguing that the lack of an address was not reason enough to deny bail.
Justice Liddy noted the Garda’s objections but said the terms would ease his concerns about evading justice.
He did not speak during the hearing and listened to the proceedings through an interpreter.
The Independent reports that he was placed on remand, with bail agreed and to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Friday. The judge said there were reports of restrictions on the victim.
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