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Fleadh sex attack accused in court

BY ALAN ERWIN

A market trader was sexually attacked by a man after renting a room from him for the All-Ireland fleadh in Londonderry, it was claimed in the High Court.

The woman alleged that Ahmed Bouazzi (28) pinned her down in bed and told her all men wanted to do what he was doing.

Bouazzi, a Tunisian with an address at Woodvale Mews, Derry, faces charges of sexual assault and cannabis possession. He was refused bail by Judge Mr Justice Deeny who described his application as "wholly unmeritorious".

The alleged victim came to Derry to sell items during the music and dance festival. After inquiring about finding a place to stay she met Bouazzi and agreed to rent out a room for £50.

It was claimed that he turned up drunk at the flat in the Kular Court area early on August 14 drunk and got into her bed.

Prosecution counsel Stephanie Boyd said Bouazzi is alleged to have climbed on top of the woman, held her down and carried out the sexual assault.

Police who arrested Bouazzi also found some suspected herbal cannabis on him, the court heard.

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