A taxi driver with an address in Donegal has appeared in court accused of raping a woman in the Galliagh area of Derry. Kieron Brian Coyle, of 65 Forest Park, Killygordon, is charged with rape and sexual assault on December 15. An investigating officer told Derry Magistrates Court she believed she could connect the 39-year-old to the charges. The court heard the alleged injured party flagged down a taxi in the city centre and claims that Coyle stopped the car in the Galliagh area, got into the back seat and raped her. The woman claims she left the car and the 39-year-old followed her and sexually assaulted her in the street. She further alleges that throughout the incident Coyle told her to “swear not to tell anyone”.
The court was told that police examined CCTV and Coyle was identified as the owner of the taxi that the alleged injured party got into. He was arrested and interviewed about the allegations. The 39-year-old admitted lifting the woman but denied any physical contact between them. The officer said police were opposing opposed bail because they feared the defendant may re-offened or interfere with witnesses. She revealed that allegations of a sexual nature had been made against Coyle in the past but the complaints were not proceeded with.
The officer told the court police believe the 39-year-old is a “predatory attacker who poses a risk to females in general” and added that officers will be reviewing cases where similar allegations have been made. Refusing bail, District Judge Barney McElholm said it was a “very serious allegation” and he did not believe bail conditions could allay police fears. Coyle was remanded in custody and will appear in court again via videolink on January 12.