Athlone child rape accused to appear in court

The man accused of raping two young girls in Athlone last week is due to make his second court appearance later this morning.

The homeless man is accused of raping a six-year-old girl and a nine-year-old girl after they went missing from a children's birthday party last weekend.

He was charged in Athlone and brought before Longford District Court on Tuesday on four counts of rape.

The judge ordered that the 30-year-old be put on suicide watch and afforded protection in prison.

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