Court charges man with attempted sexual assault of woman in Dublin

Effra Road. Pic: Google Maps

A man has appeared in court charged with attempting to sexually assault a young woman in Dublin, in the early hours of Monday morning.

49-year-old James Donohoe of Harold’s Cross Road report is also accused of assault causing harm to the 22-year-old near Grosvenor Place in Rathmines.

It is alleged the woman was grabbed from behind and dragged to the ground while walking on Effra Road in Rathmines at around 12.30am yesterday morning.

It is believed her attacker fled when her screams alerted a group of passers-by.

This afternoon Dublin District Court heard James Donohue was arrested and charged yesterday evening at Terenure Garda Station with assault causing harm and attempted sexual assault.

Garda Ciaran O’Mahony said to the latter charge he replied: "I’m not going to plead to that."

The 49-year-old, who is on disability allowance, wore black jeans, a shirt and a black sweater at today’s court hearing.

His solicitor told Judge Michael Walsh that he has been receiving psychiatric care and the judge directed that that should continue while he is in custody

There was no application for bail and he will face his next hearing on January 14 next at Cloverhill District Court.

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