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Teenager charged with raping girl in County Tyrone park granted bail

A teenager has been granted bail on charges which include rape, with conditions including a 100 yard exclusion from a school for 90 minutes each morning and afternoon.

The youth, who cannot be identified because of his age appeared at Dungannon Magistrates Court.

He is accused of raping and sexual assaulting the girl in a County Tyrone park on 30 March 2017.

A police officer confirmed the charges could be connected. She was strongly opposed to bail on the grounds a risk the accused could flee and a potential to interfere with witness.

The officer added after the initial incident, the victim had been approached by two members of the defendant’s family who verbally abused her and pulled her hair.

However a defence solicitor reminded the court his client’s age and the presumption of bail in youth cases. He also stated an address some distance from the alleged victim was available, and any other bail terms would be complied with.

Deputy District Judge Ted Magill decided bail could be granted, providing conditions were imposed.

The youth was ordered to reside an address approved by police, observe a curfew from 9pm and 8am, and be electronically tagged.

He is not to have any contact in any way with the victim or witnesses, including those present in the park on the date of the alleged incident.

In addition he is not to have contact with any person under 16 years of age, and is banned from being with 100 yards of a County Tyrone high school between 8am to 9.30am and again from 3pm to 4.30pm.

Two sureties of £750 each were also ordered.

Ruling the youth was to be released from custody on £500 bail, Judge Magill warned him to abide by the conditions set, and appear again at Strabane Youth Court on 21 April.

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