Belfast Telegraph

Man accused of raping teenage boy

By Alan Erwin

A man will stand trial charged with raping a teenage boy in west Belfast.

Gerard Scannell (40) allegedly carried out the sex attack at Falls Park in July 2016.

Scannell, previously of Ballymurphy Road in the city, denies three counts of rape on the 16-year-old alleged victim.

Appearing before Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday, Scannell declined to give evidence or call witnesses at this stage.

Defence counsel Mark Farrell did not challenge submissions that his client has a case to answer.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted a prosecution application to have Scannell returned for Crown Court trial at a later date. She released him on continuing bail to live at an undisclosed address.

It was also confirmed that Scannell will be represented by two barristers due to the seriousness of the charges. His defence is expected to centre on the reliability of identification evidence.

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