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Antrim man accused of rape and sex assault to face trial

By Paul Higgins

An Antrim man is to stand trial accused of the rape and sexual assault of a woman.

Appearing at Antrim Magistrates Court, William McMullan (46) confirmed he understood the four charges against him.

McMullan, from Beechgrove in the town, is accused of one count of rape and three of sexually assaulting the same woman on a date unknown between April 30, 2015 and September 1 this year.

During an uncontested preliminary enquiry, the legal step necessary to return a case to Crown Court, a prosecution lawyer said that witness statements and legal papers formed the basis for a prima facie case against McMullan.

Defence barrister Aaron Thompson had no contrary submissions. District Judge Peter King said he was satisfied that McMullan had a case to answer.

McMullan declined to comment on the charges, give evidence to the court himself or call witnesses on his behalf.

Freeing McMullan on his own bail of £500, Judge King returned the case to Antrim Crown Court. McMullan will be arraigned on December 5.

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