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Belfast man 'kidnapped woman to rape her', court told


A man has appeared in court charged with kidnapping a woman and trespassing with intent to commit rape.

Gareth Robert McClurg, 23, allegedly took or carried away a woman from a location in Belfast against her will.

A second charge against him involves trespassing on premises in the city with the intention of committing a sexual offence, namely rape.

Both alleged offences were committed in August last year.

McClurg, previously of of Tower Street in Belfast, made no comment as the charges were put to him at Belfast Magistrates' Court today.

No further details were disclosed during his brief appearance.

Defence counsel Richard McConkey confirmed his client was not seeking bail.

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District Judge Peter King remanded McClurg back into custody to appear again by video-link next month.

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