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Soldier accused of raping woman in Belfast city centre refused bail

A soldier accused of raping a woman in Belfast city centre must remain in custody, a judge ruled today.

Ryan James Fairlamb, 21, was refused bail on five charges connected to an alleged sex attack at Custom House Square.

Fears he may either try to interfere with witnesses or abscond were cited in the reasons for denying his application.

Fairlamb, with an address at Ballykinler Army Camp in Co Down, was detained over the alleged incident in the early hours of May 31.

As well as rape, he is charged with a further attempted rape, common assault and two counts of sexual assault.

His occupation has been given as army personnel.

Lawyers for the soldier sought to have him granted bail at Belfast Magistrates' Court.

But the Northern Ireland Courts Service confirmed District Judge Ken Nixon had refused his application.

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