A young woman was allegedly sexually assaulted while sitting on a bench on Cork’s Grand Parade as Gardaí objected to the accused being granted bail.
Garda Lorna Healy arrested Adam Boyle of St John’s Well, Fairhill, Cork and brought him before Cork District Court.
He was warned that he did not have to answer, but that anything he might say could be recorded and presented as evidence. He didn’t answer.
Adam Boyle, 31, has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her 20s at the Grand Parade in Cork on the evening of June 7, 2021.
The chief prosecutor advised the case could go before Cork District Court rather than by indictment, Sergeant Gearóid Davis said.
Judge Marie Keane asked for an outline of the allegations so she could decide whether to accept jurisdiction to hear the case in the district court.
Garda Healy said it was alleged the young woman was sitting on a public bench at a bus stop on Grand Parade late in the evening when she was approached by a man who was stroking and fondling her left breast and who was not allowed to go to approach her.
Judge Keane said she would accept jurisdiction over the case.
In appealing the bail, Garda Healy expressed concern that the defendant would not appear on the case if he was granted bail.
Defense Attorney Eddie Burke called the defendant to testify on the bail application.
Boyle said he has a drinking problem and is on a methadone treatment program, but would appear in court if bail was granted.
Judge Keane said, “I refuse bail. I am not satisfied that he will appear.”
The judge put him in custody for a week on charges of sexual assault.