Man faces 20 rape charges


A 53-year-old man has been returned for trial on 20 charges of alleged rape against the same female victim.

The man cannot be named for legal reasons.

He appeared last Thursday at a preliminary enquiry at Banbridge Magistrates Court.

The offences are alleged to have happened between January 12, 2004, and January 12, 2008.

Reporting restrictions were put in place prohibiting revealing the identity of the injured party in any way.

The accused was remanded on his own bail of £500 to appear for arraignment at Newry Crown Court on February 11. Legal aid was granted along with a defence certificate for two counsel.