Child rape accused fails to show in court
A Magherafelt man facing a number of charges including the rape of a child failed to turn up for a remand hearing into the case.
Kevin Fitzpatrick Nixon (39), of Cove Close, faces six charges allegedly committed on July 3.
He is accused of raping and sexually assaulting the child, as well as assaulting two adults and resisting police.
After initially being charged, Nixon was remanded in custody due to lack of a suitable bail address.
A number of attempts were made for bail, but police objected to all addresses put forward for various reasons, including the presence of children in some of the suggested residences.
However, an agreeable address did become available in September and Nixon was released on bail.
His conditions of release include no contact with any injured party or witnesses, surrender of passport, and no unsupervised contact with anyone under 18 with the exception of his own children.
He is also banned from entering Magherafelt as defined by the 30mph speed limit, and must sign weekly with police in Antrim. But when the case was called at Magherafelt Magistrates Court yesterday, neither Nixon nor a defence representative were present.
District Judge Alan White expressed concern, but decided to allow a precautionary adjournment.
However, he warned if Nixon did not appear on the next occasion a bench warrant for his immediate arrest would be issued.