39-year-old man remanded in custody after he was charged with the rape of a young woman in Fermoy

A 39-year-old man has been remanded in custody after he was charged with the rape of a young woman who was found in the grounds of a derelict house after getting separated from her friends while on a night out.

The man, who can’t be named for legal reasons, was charged with the rape of the 21-year-old woman at Castlehyde, Fermoy on November 19th 2022.

Bandon District Court heard that the young woman was visiting Fermoy to attend a 21st birthday party on the night of November 18th but became separated from her friends, one of whom received a call from her at 2.30am in which she shouted for help before the call was cut off.

Gardaí were alerted and carried out a search and found the young woman in the grounds of a derelict house in a rural area at around 8am.

Gardaí gathered CCTV footage from around Fermoy where the young woman was seen flagging down cars on MacCurtain Street when she got into the back seat of one such vehicle.

Gardaí were able to establish the make and model of the car and arrested the owner of the vehicle.

The man was questioned by Gardaí and confirmed he had picked up the woman in Fermoy and she had got into the back seat and she fell asleep and when he tried to wake her from the driver’s seat he was unable to do so and she was so drunk, he wondered if she might have been drugged.

He told Gardaí that he reversed the car down a laneway and got into the back seat with the woman and removed her boots, pants and underwear and had sexual intercourse with her before she got out of the car and fled so he threw her phone and her clothes out of the car and drove home.

Judge Colm Roberts said he was refusing him bail and he remanded him in custody to appear at Fermoy District Court on December 9th.


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