Man charged after chasing off woman in Dublin’s West End

Man charged over alleged rape of woman in West End has been bailed to return to court later this year.

Online court documents have said that Michael Denegan was charged with rape and aggravated criminal damage on January 16, 2017.

The documents state that the 29-year-old victim was at her home on the corner of New Road and South Parade Place, Dublin, with her boyfriend, aged 27, when Denehan allegedly sexually assaulted her and took photos.

He was arrested at the scene.

The man, who is now in custody, was bailed to appear in court on March 16.

Denegan, who has no previous convictions, appeared in court today (Wednesday) and was remanded in custody.

The woman’s solicitor, Martin Cooney, said his client had not spoken to her and was not due to appear again.

He added: “It is very distressing that this has happened and the victim feels traumatised and isolated.”

The case is part of an ongoing inquiry into alleged sexual assaults on women in the Dublin city centre, according to a report by gardaí in the early 1990s.

A total of 786 cases have been reported to garda stations over the last 25 years, according a report in March by the Office of Public Prosecutions.

The investigation has revealed that there were also cases of rape and sexual assault against men.