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Rape accused is held on intimidation charge

By Paul Higgins

A man accused of rape has been remanded into custody charged with intimidating his alleged victim's sister.

Newtownards Magistrates Court heard that although he denies intimidation, 24-year-old David Parry accepts that he texted the woman twice and made "numerous phone calls" to her.

A detective constable told the court that in one 24-hour period, Parry called the woman 90 times.

He said he he believed he could connect Parry to the charge.

Parry is accused of witness intimidation on dates between November 18 and December 7 last year while on bail accused of the rape and sexual assault of a woman at a house party in Bangor on November 2.

Parry, originally from the Killynure Road in Carryduff but who had been living at a bail address in Hampshire, is also alleged to have had a knife when he was arrested shortly after the incident.

Yesterday the court heard that Parry accepted he was "acutely aware" that by making the calls he was breaching his bail.

Bail was objected to on grounds that police feared if released there was a risk of him interfering with the witnesses. Parry was remanded into custody to appear again via video-link on February 4.

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