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Man accused of raping woman in Belfast threatened to 'take her down with him', court hears

By Alan Erwin

A man charged with raping a woman in Belfast allegedly threatened to "take her down with him" if she went to the authorities, a court heard on Thursday.

Connor McCrory is accused of carrying out the sex attack on Tuesday - while still on licence for an unrelated matter.

The 38-year-old, of Grangeville Gardens in the city, was remanded in custody after being refused bail.

Appearing before Belfast Magistrates' Court, McCrory spoke only to confirm he understood the charge against him.

Police claimed there was a risk of interference with a witness based on texts between McCrory and the alleged victim.

The woman was said to have sent messages accusing him of raping her while she was asleep and also threatening to alert probation about their association.

McCrory denies the sexual assault allegation, insisting any contact was consensual.

It was claimed he then replied by text: "If you said to parole about anything then I have nothing to lose, so I will take you down with me."

McCrory's lawyers stressed those comments were not any threat of violence, but focused on informing the authorities about her.

She was also subject to licensing requirements, the court heard.

The complainant in this case is someone whose credibility is very much an issue," defence counsel said.

"She is an unsavoury person and someone he shouldn't have been associating with."

But District Judge Fiona Bagnall responded that even on McCrory's own case he has got himself into a "predicament" over his licence conditions.

Denying bail, she remanded him in custody to appear again by video-link on April 5.

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