Belfast Telegraph

Courts: Man denied bail over sexual attack allegations

By Alan Erwin

A man accused of sexually assaulting a vulnerable woman must remain in custody, a judge has ruled.

Robert Noble was refused bail amid claims he returned to the alleged victim's home.

The 35-year-old, of Mount Vernon Road, Belfast, appeared before the city's Magistrates' Court to face three charges. He is accused of two sexual assaults and a further count of causing the woman to engage in sexual activity without her consent.

The alleged offences occurred on March 23. Noble denies all three charges.

Opposing his bid to be released, a PSNI detective described the alleged victim as a vulnerable adult in her 50s.

He said: "Since the offence took place, the defendant has, uninvited, visited the home of the injured party. She has been scared, has not opened the door and has immediately contacted the police.

"I would be very, very concerned that should bail be granted, there would be a risk of interference with a witness."

Noble was remanded into custody to appear in court again by videolink on May 8.

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