A garda has appeared in court charged with coercive control, criminal damage, sexual assault, assault causing harm and harassment of his former partner over a three-year period.

The woman told the garda's bail application at Dublin District Court this afternoon that she felt "in danger".

The garda, who is in his 40s, and cannot be named for legal reasons, faces 35 charges and is currently on suspension.

He was remanded in custody today with consent to bail after the judge said he is entitled to the presumption of innocence.

He was also granted free legal aid at the Dublin District Court.

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The serving garda was brought before the court by detectives from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

He faces 35 charges, including four counts of assault causing harm, two sexual assault allegations, ten counts of criminal damage, a threat to kill, endangerment of life, four thefts, coercion, harassment and offences contrary to the Post Office Act in relation to alleged communications with his former girlfriend.

Inspector Cormac Brennan gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.

He told the court the accused replied "no" when charged with coercive control and no reply to the other 34 charges.

The accused man, who has been suspended from active duty, sat facing the judge throughout.

Inspector Brennan objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the case.

He alleged the accused and the complainant had been in a personal relationship since 2017.

The woman, who cannot be named, made a detailed statement, exceeding 250 pages, detailing allegations against her former partner.

"They were committed for the sole purpose of controlling her life and exercising control over her," the inspector said, adding that "they were part of a grand scheme".

The court heard the woman has alleged the accused "has assaulted her causing harm, pain and suffering on a number of occasions".

The court heard she had alleged that she was punched in the face, grabbed by the neck, held against the floor and wardrobe when he tried to choke her, that he pulled her hair out by the roots and kicked her on the ground.

In relation to the harassment offence, there were 65,000 phone messages, the inspector said, and a number of the contacts had threats directed at her.

Inspector Brennan also told the court that he believes "the accused poses a potential greater risk to the woman now because she has stood up for herself, she has stepped forward and the DPP has directed charges".

'I feel in danger'

The woman took the witness stand and told Judge Bryan Smyth: "I feel in danger."

Solicitor Michael Kelleher said the garda should be granted bail because he will dispute the "historic" allegations, has no previous convictions, no history of drug abuse, and will not get a trial before 2023.

He also said the court can imagine the difficulties he would have as a prisoner and that, as a garda, he knows and understands the difficulties he is in and the effect any contact with the alleged victim would have in this case.

"He is under no illusion what a breach of bail means," the solicitor said.

Judge Bryan Smyth said the garda had a constitutional presumption in favour of bail and "on balance" he was not satisfied there was a case for refusing bail.

He remanded the garda in custody with consent to bail on condition of his own bond of €500, an independent surety of €8,000, and that he stay away from the northside of Dublin.

The man must also agree to have no contact directly, indirectly, or electronically with the alleged victim and that no one does so on his behalf.

He should sign-on daily at his local garda station, not apply for a passport and be of good behaviour.

The garda was granted free legal aid and remanded to appear again at Cloverhill District Court next Tuesday.