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Belfast man charged with raping boy (12)

A man has been remanded in custody charged with the rape and false imprisonment of a 12-year-old boy.

James McQuiston faces a total of seven counts relating to the alleged sexual assault of a child in Belfast.

The 23-year-old accused, of Highcairn Drive in the city, is alleged to have committed the offences on dates between August last year and his arrest last week.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard he is charged with two counts each of rape and sexual assault, causing a child aged under 13 to engage in sexual activity, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, and false imprisonment.

McQuiston nodded in the dock to confirm he understood the allegations against him.

No bail application was made, but his lawyer did attempt to stop his client's name being published.

However, a detective constable who connected McQuiston to the charges told the court there was no family connection between him and the alleged victim.

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The judge refused the request to shield the identity of the accused.

McQuiston was remanded in custody to appear again via video-link in four weeks’ time.

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