Belfast Telegraph

Rape accused claims sex consenual

A man charged with raping and attempting to murder his pregnant partner claimed that everything took place consensually, a court has heard.

The 34-year-old suspect is also accused of two counts of sexual assault, inflicting actual bodily harm and threatening to kill the woman.

He faces two further charges of assaulting police and one of damaging a PSNI van.

All of the alleged offences occurred in the Mallusk area, just north of Belfast, early on Sunday morning.

The accused, from Co Antrim, cannot be named to protect the alleged victim's identity.

He sobbed and shook his head as he appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court and confirmed that he understood the charges.

Bail was opposed due to police claims that he poses a risk to women in the community.

A detective constable expressed fears that the accused may interfere with the alleged victim or witnesses in the case, understood to be children.While in custody he also disclosed his intention to self-harm once released, the court heard.

A defence lawyer stressed that it was a domestic-type incident.

“There is no question of this man preying on women at large,” he said, adding: “My instructions are that everything which occurred, save for the matters with police, was by consent — no rape or attempted murder occurred.”

The accused was remanded in custody to appear again by video- link in four weeks’ time.

Belfast Telegraph

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph