Man in court over city centre rape

Published Monday, 02 June 2014
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A man has been remanded into custody accused of raping a woman in Belfast city centre.

Man in court over city centre rape
The incident happened at Custom House Square on Saturday. (© UTV)

Ryan James Fairlamb faces a total of five charges in connection with the alleged sex attack at Custom House Square early on Saturday morning.

As well as rape, the 21-year-old is charged with a further attempted rape, common assault and two counts of sexual assault.

Fairlamb, with an address at Ballykinler Army Camp in Co Down, remained silent throughout his appearance before Belfast Magistrates' Court.

Asked if he understood the charges against him the accused stood head bowed and said nothing. Defence solicitor Pat Kelly confirmed, however, that his client was aware of the allegations.

Although no mention was made of the accused's job, the charge sheet listed his occupation as army personnel.

Fairlamb held his head in hands as District Judge Fiona Bagnall was told he would not be seeking bail at this stage.

Mr Kelly explained: "The defendant would welcome a couple of days to make inquiries about suitable accommodation before making a bail application."

Judge Bagnall agreed to remand Fairlamb into custody to appear again by video-link on Wednesday.

© UTV News
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