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BBC Northern Ireland journalist is to stand trial over rape charge

By George Jackson

Published 12/03/2016

Court: Sean O’Halloran
Court: Sean O’Halloran

A BBC journalist is to go on trial at the Crown Court in Londonderry charged with raping a woman in the city almost two years ago.

Sean O'Halloran (29), a reporter with BBC Radio Foyle in Derry, from Northland Road, is charged with committing three sex offences.

At his arraignment before Judge Philip Babington the defendant replied "definitely not guilty" to a charge of raping the woman, "definitely not guilty" to a charge of indecently touching her in a sexual manner without her consent and "definitely not guilty" to a charge of sexually assaulting her by digital penetration.

Defence barrister Eilis MacDermott told Judge Philip Babington that she would be seeking both medical reports and records from Victim Support and from Nexus and possibly from the Compensation Agency.

A Public Prosecution Service barrister indicated he believed that some of the witnesses in the case could be agreed and that he would need two weeks to obtain details of their availability.

The case was adjourned until April 8, when a date for the trial, which is expected to last five days, will be fixed.

The defendant was released on continuing bail.

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