Man arrested by Spanish police in court on sexual assault charges

Man arrested by Spanish police in court on sexual assault charges
A 69-year-old man arrested by Spanish police on sexual assault charges has appeared at Letterkenny District Court.

A 69-year-old man arrested by Spanish police on sexual assault charges has appeared at Letterkenny District Court.

The man, with an address in Derry, was remanded in custody.

A Garda sergeant told the court that the man, who had an address in Derry, had been the subject of an Interpol investigation and had been arrested at a southern Spanish resort a week ago.

Gardaí travelled to Madrid and accompanied the man to Dublin airport where he was arrested on Tuesday afternoon on a European Arrest Warrant.

The pensioner, dressed in a polo shirt and blazer, did not speak as details of the charges were read to the court.

He faced four charges of sexual assault on a girl at a location in north Donegal between January and May 2010.

He faced a fifth charge of sexual assault against a second girl in the same town on the same dates.

Four members of the alleged victim’s families sat at the back of the court during the five-minute hearing.

The Garda sergeant told Judge Paul Kelly that the man had been traced to Spain after PSNI inquiries on his whereabouts failed to find him in the North.

“However family members told us he had fled to Spain to evade justice,” said the garda.

There was no application for bail.

Judge Kelly remanded the man in custody to appear at Harristown District Court on Friday and barred publication of the defendant’s name.