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Antrim man accused of kidnapping and raping woman

By Paul Higgins

A Co Antrim man has appeared in court accused of raping a woman he allegedly kidnapped and held against her will.

Albert Nelson is charged with 17 offences, including two counts of rape and false imprisonment. The 30-year-old is also accused of choking his alleged victim in order to render her "insensible, unconscious, or incapable of resistance, with intent thereby to enable yourself or another person to commit" rape.

The 17 offences which Nelson, from Low Road in Islandmagee faces, are alleged to have been committed between December 1, 2015, and August 23 last year.

They comprise two counts of rape, two of false imprisonment, two of sexually assaulting his victim with his hand and a beard trimmer, causing actual bodily harm, making a threat to kill, criminal damage to her phone, and kidnap.

He is also accused of attempting to choke her with intent to commit rape, three counts of common assault and single counts of breaching a non-molestation order, possessing class B cannabis and a prohibited weapon, namely a canister of CS spray.

Giving evidence to Newtownards Magistrates Court, a police officer connected Nelson to the offences and asked for numerous conditions to be attached to the alleged rapist's bail.

She asked for him to be barred from the area around the alleged victim's home, prohibited from contacting her in any way either directly or indirectly, and for him to report to police once a week, to which defence solicitor Patrick Hunt said he had "no difficulty with that".

Released on his own bail of £1,000, District Judge Mark Hamill warned Nelson a "fundamental" condition was not to contact his alleged victim because "any breach and your bail will come to an end".

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