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Teen on kidnap and rape charges after high-speed pursuit

By Staff Reporter

A teenager appeared in court yesterday on more than 50 charges, including kidnap, rape, assaults and multiple motoring offences ending in a high-speed police chase with his alleged victim on board.

Nathan Kidney (18), from Dergina Road, Dungannon, faces four sex charges, 27 assaults, 18 motoring offences and single counts of kidnap, false imprisonment and threats to kill.

Objecting to bail, a detective told Dungannon Magistrates Court police received a call just after midnight on June 11 reporting that a woman was screaming. On arrival police found the complainant alone, but she had woken to find Kidney in her home, drinking alcohol.

Although known to her, she couldn't understand how he had gained entry. She fled her house, with Kidney in pursuit. This account was recorded on body-worn cameras and by written statement.

But at 10am the complainant's mother reported her missing. She had phoned the complainant and noted she was crying, while there was a male voice in the background.

Police began a search and around 3.30pm the complainant's car was spotted at Gosford Road, Armagh, with Kidney believed to be driving.

The driver failed to stop for police and a high-speed pursuit ensued.

The vehicle reached speeds of 80mph in a 30mph zone, driving on pavements and against the flow of traffic. A stinger device was deployed, but the vehicle collided with four others, causing damage to each and injury to one driver.

The vehicle was found abandoned in Armagh, where a search was conducted. Kidney was located pushing the complainant in a shopping trolley. He refused to identify who was driving the car.

Once separated from Kidney, the complainant disclosed she had been taken from her home against her will. During this time she claimed to have been raped and repeatedly assaulted by Kidney.

The detective confirmed that police strongly objected to bail due to the likelihood of reoffending and concern for the safety of the complainant.

Under defence cross-examination, the officer confirmed Kidney denied all allegations, claiming he was with the complainant at her invitation.

He was adamant there was no physical or sexual contact, and while they were out in her car, he sat in the rear.

Urging District Judge John Meehan to grant bail, the defence lawyer said: "My client is entitled to the presumption of innocence."

But the application was refused, with Judge Meehan remarking: "I am quite satisfied it is my duty to remand the defendant in custody."

Judge Meehan said that he was satisfied that Kidney had "no intention whatsoever of complying with any restraints".

He said: "He is an increasing risk to the community. Overall, there is far too much risk involved."

Kidney was remanded in custody until next month.

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