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Paramilitaries baying for blood of rape accused, court told

By George Jackson

A detective constable has told a court that the police were in possession of intelligence which indicated that paramilitaries and members of the public "were baying for the blood" of a man who is charged with raping a 23-year-old mother-of-two in a house in Londonderry on October 3 of this year.

The police officer made the comment during a bail application by a barrister representing Aaron Francis Hyland (20) from Cranbrook Court in Belfast.

The defendant has been in custody since his arrest for allegedly raping the woman, possessing a claw hammer, assaulting her and with threatening to kill and assaulting a police officer. He denies the charges. The police witness said during the alleged incidents the woman was critically injuried and required a colostomy op.

He said when the police were called to the scene at Glenabbey Park they found the woman covered in blood in her bedroom.

The court was also told that the defendant, who has 64 previous convictions, moved from Belfast to Derry in June.

Describing the defendant's record as atrocious, District Judge Barney McElholm said he was refusing bail because of concerns about Hyland's safety and fears he would reoffend.

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