Man (20s) charged with rape is granted permission to travel to UK for music festivals

The man, who is in his 20s, appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal.

The alleged offences took place at an address in Letterkenny on July 29th, 2016.

The accused man’s barrister, Ivan Toner, made an application to the court asking if the man’s bail conditions could be varied.

A previous court ruled that the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, should sign on at Letterkenny Garda station and surrender his passport.

However, Mr Toner said his client was working at two music festivals  in the UK and would not be able to sign on and would also need his passport returned.

The man will be out of the country for a total of eight days when he travels to the two festivals.

He is to return his passport to Gardai when he returns from the festivals.

Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan agreed to the application on behalf of the Gardai.

Inspector Sheridan said the Director of Public Prosecutions had agreed to prosecution on indictment at the Central Criminal Court.

Among the other condition imposed including a cash lodgement of €2,000, that he provide a mobile phone number and that he have no contact with the alleged victim.

Legal aid was granted to the man.

Judge Deirdre Gearty adjourned the case has been adjourned until September 21st.

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