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A Tyrone man is to stand trial on charges of raping a woman he met through a dating website and perverting the course of justice by claiming she sexually assaulted him

A Tyrone man is to stand trial on charges of raping a woman he met through a dating website and perverting the course of justice by claiming she sexually assaulted him

A Tyrone man is to stand trial on charges of raping a woman he met through a dating website and perverting the course of justice by claiming she sexually assaulted him

A Tyrone man is to stand trial on charges of raping a woman he met through a dating website and perverting the course of justice by claiming she sexually assaulted him.

During a committal hearing Cathal Patrick Feeney (34), from Main Street, Beragh, denied the offences, which are alleged to have occurred just under a year ago on March 7, 2020.

During a previous unsuccessful bail application, it was contended the complainant was attacked in her home, following her second date with Feeney, having met through the Plenty of Fish dating website.

They had dined at the Silver Birch Hotel in Omagh, but during the meal the complainant described Feeney as "paranoid and argumentative".

She felt uncomfortable and decided to leave, getting a lift home with an elderly neighbour she saw at the hotel.

It is alleged within minutes of entering her house, Feeney arrived at the door. She agreed to let him in but warned there was to be "no funny business".

He was permitted to stay over but the complainant made it clear there was to be no sexual activity.

However, it is alleged Feeney pulled off the complainant's pyjamas and held her down by the arms, while raping her.

She cried out and shouted, but he paid no attention.

When he eventually stopped, the complainant fled from the room in a very distressed state.

Feeney followed and asked what was wrong. Terrified, the complainant lifted a hurley stick and told him to get out.

He is alleged to have responded: "It'll be all right. We'll talk about it in the morning."

The complainant insisted he leave, and in the meantime contacted her sister.

Feeney was arrested and during interview denied rape and claimed he was at a different address at the time.

He appeared by video-link from prison at the latest sitting of Omagh Magistrates Court yesterday where a prosecuting lawyer said there is a case to answer.

While not objecting to the proceedings, Feeney stated: "Anyone who knows me doesn't believe it."

Asked if he wished to say anything in response to the allegations, Feeney replied: "I'm not guilty to all charges."

District Judge Mark McGarrity said: "Your denials are noted."

Feeney declined to call witnesses or give evidence on his own behalf at this stage.

Judge McGarrity remanded him in continuing custody to appear for arraignment before Dungannon Crown Court next month.

Belfast Telegraph


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