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A man accused of falsely imprisoning and raping a Spanish student in Dublin over two days at the weekend has been arrested again and charged with the rape.
The Irish Times understands the man in his twenties was detained on Friday morning on foot of breaching his bail conditions imposed when he was recently charged with a high profile crime.
However, the Garda has now charged him with the rape of the 18-year-old Spanish student at the weekend.
He is expected before the courts on Friday.
The suspect was initially detained on Monday in relation to raping the young Spanish woman and he was held for 24 hours before being released without charge.
His release caused considerable unease in the Garda and the wider public as he was already on bail for other crimes.
On Friday morning he was arrested again by gardaí in relation to breaching his bail conditions for a high profile crime he was charged with earlier in the year.
He was ordered to keep a certain routine as a condition of his bail, and gardaí believed he had breached those conditions.
But the inquiry into the alleged rape at the weekend moved quickly this morning and he has now been charged with the rape.
Gardaí believed the suspect met the 18-year-old Spanish woman in the boardwalk area along the Liffey river and they struck up a rapport.
She has told gardaí she went with him to Sandymount, south Dublin, where he was living a tent between Pigeon House Road and Sandymount Strand.
The woman alleges he raped her repeatedly late on Saturday and into Sunday and that she only escaped when he fell asleep.
The victim was able to raise the alarm at a nearby house and the gardaí in Donnybrook were contacted and began an investigation.
They examined the scene the victim guided them to. And they also arrested the suspect on Monday.
However, he claimed the sex was consensual and after being detained for 24 hours was released.
The student, who has been joined in Ireland by her parents, was traumatised when she raised the alarm but was able to guide the Garda to the place where she says the attack happened. Some of the information she supplied led to the arrest of the suspect.
The suspect has used an address in northern Dublin as his home address when appearing in the courts but he has been sleeping rough in the city centre and sleeping in tents on the outskirts of the city.