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Man in court over alleged rape of Belfast boy in park

Accused Gerard Scannell denies the charges

By Ashleigh McDonald

Published 20/07/2016

Scannell is to appear in court again next week.
Scannell is to appear in court again next week.

A 39-year-old man was remanded into custody after appearing in court on a series of charges linked to the alleged rape of a 16-year old boy in west Belfast last weekend.

Gerard Scannell, from Ballymurphy Road, has been charged with three counts of rape as well as sexually assaulting the teenager.

The teenager was attacked in the Falls Park area of the city in the early hours of last Saturday, July 16th.

On Wednesday, after the four charges were put to Scannell at Belfast Magistrates' Court, a detective constable from the PSNI confirmed he believed he could connect the accused to the charges.

Defence barrister Mark Farrell told District Judge Fiona Bagnall that Scannell has "co-operated fully with the police investigation".

He also said Scannell had consistently denied the allegations.

Mr Farrell said that at this stage, the defence was "not in a position to launch a bail application" but asked that the case be listed again next week for the purpose of fixing a date for such an application.

A representative from the PPS said: "Any application for bail will be strongly objected to."

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