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Gang rape suspect is remanded following extradition from France to Northern Ireland

By Alan Erwin

A man has been remanded in custody after being extradited from France over his alleged involvement in a gang rape in Co Armagh.

Romanian national Florin Muntean (26) had been sought in connection with a sex attack on a woman at a house in Portadown in August 2014.

He was detained in Lyon under European arrest warrants following co-operation between the PSNI, Romanian and French authorities.

Muntean, of no fixed address, appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday. He had been wanted over allegations of rape and conspiracy to rape.

An investigating detective confirmed Muntean left Northern Ireland before he could be formally arrested or charged.

Earlier this week three men were jailed after pleading guilty to conspiracy to rape. District Judge Fiona Bagnall was told the allegations against Muntean relate to the same incident. Defence counsel Sean Mullan said: "At this moment we don't have an address, there's no bail application."

Judge Bagnall remanded Muntean in custody to appear again in court on June 9.

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