Belfast Telegraph

Rape accused banned from area

A man accused of rape and sexual activity with a child was has been banned from the area where his alleged victim lives.

The prohibition was placed on the 40-year-old suspect, who cannot be named to protect the girl's identity, as part of conditions under which he was granted bail.

He faces a total of four charges, including two counts of sexual assault, allegedly committed in north Belfast between June 2009 and September this year.

As the accused appeared before the city's Magistrates' Court yesterday, a detective constable said he could connect him with all offences.

Defence solicitor Matt Higgins confirmed a bail address was available for his client outside Belfast. District Judge Fiona Bagnall agreed to release the accused on bail to live at that location.

She ordered him to have no contact with either the alleged victim or any members of her family. The accused will appear again before the court next month.

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