Man accused of teen rape drops his bid to be bailed
A man charged with raping a teenage boy in west Belfast has dropped a bid to be bailed to an address outside Northern Ireland, a court heard.
Lawyers for Gerard Scannell (39), are now set to explore alternative options within the jurisdiction as they attempt to secure his release from custody.
Scannell, from Ballymurphy Road in the city, is accused of three counts of rape and a further offence of sexual assault. He is alleged to have attacked the 16-year-old boy in the Falls Park area in the early hours of July 16.
Scannell, who was remanded in custody two weeks ago, appeared again at Belfast Magistrates' Court by video-link from Maghaberry Prison.
Defence barrister Mark Farrell said he was unable to proceed with a planned bail application.
Deputy District Judge Joe Rice agreed to put proceedings back to later in the month.