Four men have appeared before a sitting of the district court in Offaly charged with the rape and sexual assault of a woman in the county in December 2016.

A warrant for the arrest of a fifth man facing charges of sexually assaulting the same woman was issued by Judge Flann Brennan.

The assaults are alleged to have taken place on 27 December 2016.

Three of the men facing charges are aged 20. Th two others are 19 years old.

Four of the men have been sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court in Dublin on 25 June next.

When Judge Brennan was told that a fifth man, charged with sexually assaulting the woman was not in court because he was receiving medical treatment out of the country, the Director of Public Prosecutions applied for a bench warrant and this was granted by the judge.

Three of the men are also charged with false imprisonment of the same woman on the same date in 2016.

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