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In the dock: A Belfast woman pleaded guilty at Belfast Magistrates Court to three common assaults, two assaults on police and disorderly behaviour.

In the dock: A Belfast woman pleaded guilty at Belfast Magistrates Court to three common assaults, two assaults on police and disorderly behaviour.

In the dock: A Belfast woman pleaded guilty at Belfast Magistrates Court to three common assaults, two assaults on police and disorderly behaviour.

A soldier is to stand trial accused of raping a woman in a Belfast city centre doorway, a judge has ruled.

Ryan Fairlamb is alleged to have carried out the attack after meeting the complainant at a nightclub in May this year.

The 22-year-old defendant appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court to determine if he has a case to answer.

Fairlamb, with an address at Camdon Close in Lincoln, England, faces charges of rape and sexual assault over the incident near Custom House Square.

During a previous court hearing it was disclosed that police investigating the incident have seized CCTV footage covering the doorway.

At the time of the alleged attack Fairlamb was an off-duty soldier based at Ballykinler Army Camp in Co Down.

Prosecutors submitted that a prima facie case has been established against him.

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District Judge Fiona Bagnall ordered that he should be returned for Crown Court trial in Belfast on a date to be fixed. Fairlamb was released on continuing bail until that hearing.


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