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Rape accused 'tried to phone witness in case nearly 200 times'

A man accused of rape tried to phone a witness in the case nearly 200 times, the High Court heard today.

In one 24-hour period David Parry attempted to contact the woman on 90 occasions, prosecutors claimed.

Parry faces a new charge of intimidating a witness intimidation while on bail accused of the rape and sexual assault of another woman in Bangor, Co Down.

A judge agreed to release him from custody again after deciding he had acted "idiotically rather than menacingly".

The 24-year-old, with an address at Killynure Road, Carryduff, was first detained over the alleged sex attack last November.

He is also accused of having an offensive weapon, namely a knife, during the same incident.

Prosecution counsel claimed that he then breached his bail terms by repeatedly trying to make contact with the witness in the case throughout the next month.

"She said she felt afraid by the volume and frequency of the calls," the barrister said.

Investigations revealed a withheld number at Parry's bail address was being used, the court heard.

The barrister added: "Further inquiries identified over 190 calls or attempted calls between November 8 and December 7.

"In one 24-hour period 90 attempts were made to contact her."

Parry is also alleged to have texted the woman twice.

Following arrested he was said to have shown remorse but denied any attempt to intimidate the woman.

A defence lawyer told the court: "He absolutely accepts his behaviour was totally inappropriate."

Parry was granted bail to live at an address in Hampshire on condition that no phone is kept in the house.

Mr Justice O'Hara told him: "I will give you the benefit of the doubt that you were behaving idiotically rather than deliberately menacingly."

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