Man (29) taken into custody after alleged false imprisonment of woman bound with duct tape in Dublin alleyway – The Irish Times
A 29-year-old man has been taken into police custody for a number of offenses against a woman who was allegedly falsely imprisoned and tied up with duct tape in an alleyway in Dublin city centre.
Dublin District Court heard on Monday evening that Maurice Fitzgerald of Abbeyview, Buttevant, Co Cork was apprehended by gardaí who witnessed part of the alleged incident on Saturday evening.
He is charged with forcible confinement, assault causing damage and possession of a claw hammer and duct tape.
Gardaí told Judge John O’Leary a very vulnerable woman had been targeted in a secluded alley near Meeting House Square in Dublin. The court heard one witness observe that the woman was allegedly “dragged into an alley” while another heard the woman scream.
An unmarked Garda patrol car arrived at the scene and the car’s headlights illuminated the driveway where the Gardaí said they saw the man attempting to drag the woman under a parked car.
The court was told the alleged incident was captured on CCTV and the woman could be seen being punched repeatedly before being bonded with the tape.
The court heard the accused was arrested and charged at Bridewell Garda station on Monday afternoon and made no response to the charges.
Judge O’Leary took the accused into custody to appear in court again via video link from Cloverhill Jail on Friday September 2.