Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Schoolgirl 'afraid' to tell of her rape ordeal

A 15-year-old girl was too afraid to tell anyone she had been raped because she had arranged to meet her alleged attacker herself, a court has heard.

Despite police fears that he would abscond, Dominic Brendan Rogers was released on bail after he appeared at Magherafelt Magistrates Court charged with raping the schoolgirl between January 3 and 15.

The 28-year-old — who was wearing a white-and-grey striped T-shirt — nodded when he was asked if he understood the charge.

A PSNI constable said she believed she could connect the defendant, from Mullaghmeash Road, Feeny, to the charge. She said police were concerned Rogers would not attend future court hearings if he was granted bail.

The officer told the court that the civil engineer from Co Londonderry had evaded a warrant for three years in relation to a different matter.

The police constable added: “He refused to tell us where he was and refused to cooperate.”

She said that the victim of the alleged attack lives in Moneyneany village, near Draperstown, where the offence allegedly took place.

The court heard that the accused lives seven miles away from Moneyneany village.

The police constable told |district judge Desmond Perry: “The injured party is a 15-year-old female.

“She said she was frightened to tell people because she had arranged to meet him.”

Mr Perry said any approach made by the defendant to the schoolgirl would have “very profound repercussions”.

A defence solicitor said his client was aware of the consequences.

Rogers was released on his own bail of £500, alongside a £500 surety.

He is banned from contacting his alleged victim or entering Moneyneany’s 30mph speed limit zone.

Mr Perry instructed him to report to Waterside police station in Londonderry three times a week.

Perry will appear before Magherafelt Magistrates Court on October 17.

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