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BBC Radio Foyle journalist Sean O'Halloran in court on rape charge

By George Jackson

A BBC NI journalist has appeared in court charged with raping a woman in Londonderry.

Donegal-born Radio Foyle broadcaster Sean O'Halloran, whose address was given as Northland Road in Derry, is alleged to have attacked the woman in 2014.

The 29-year-old is also charged with touching the woman in a sexual manner without her consent and with sexually assaulting her without her consent.

The offences are alleged to have occurred on May 11 of last year.

A Public Prosecution Service solicitor told district judge Barney McElholm in Londonderry Magistrates Court that based on the papers before the court, she believed the defendant had a prima facie case to answer. Defence solicitor Kevin Casey told the court that he had no contrary submissions to make at this stage.

The defendant was released on his own bail of £500 to appear before the Crown Court in Derry for his arraignment on the three charges on January 6.

The district judge said that as part of his bail conditions the defendant must continue to reside at his Northland Road address in Derry and he must not contact the complainant nor any other witnesses in the case.

Granting an application for legal aid, Mr McElholm also granted a defence application for one defence barrister.

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