A 36-year-old man was on Monday released on $250,000 bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a rape charge.Mario Heywood appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where the charge was read to him. It is alleged that between October 1 and November 20, 2018, he raped a nine-year-old girl. The court heard that the child was left in his care when he committed the act.The child reportedly told her mother what had transpired and the matter was reported to the police. The suspect was recently arrested and charged for the offence. The case will continue on March 7, 2019.
The Supreme Court has made a landmark ruling relating to the admissibility of evidence obtained from a Donegal suspect before receiving legal advice.The appeal was brought by Raymond Gormley – with a previous address at Quiet Moment Apartments in Letterkenny – who was convicted of attempted rape in 2007 and has served a six year sentence.In 2009, he sought leave to appeal his conviction, partly on the basis that evidence was admitted of his interviews in custody in alleged breach of his Constitutional right of access to a lawyer. The Court of Criminal Appeal was satisfied that gardai had made reasonable attempts to contact Mr. Gormley’s solicitor while he was in custody.The matter was complicated by the fact he was arrested on a Sunday.The case was sent for review to the Supreme Court on the basis that it raised legal questions of exceptional public importance.Today four Supreme Court judges agreed with the decision of their colleague Mr. Justice Frank Clarke – that as a consequence of Raymond Gormley’s clear request for a lawyer, gardai should have postponed questioning him until his solicitor arrived.The judgment is in line with the case law of the European Court of Human Rights.Mr. Justice Clarke notes ‘there are further questions which will have to await other cases with different factual scenarios concerning the precise parameters of that right’.SUPREME COURT SAYS DONEGAL MAN WAS ENTITLED TO SEE SOLICITOR BEFORE BEING QUIZZED was last modified: March 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyrapeRaymond Gormleysupreme court