Published Tuesday, 17 September 2013
The ban was lifted on Tuesday after being challenged by a number of outlets. (© UTV)
Reporting restrictions had been imposed in David McConnell's case because he is under threat from loyalist paramilitaries.
But District Judge Fiona Bagnall removed the prohibition on Tuesday on the basis that those intent on harming him already know who he is.
McConnell, 35, of Victoria Road, Sydenham, is charged with raping a woman in the city on 15 June.
An order was imposed to prevent his name being published when he first appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court.
At the time police said McConnell had been served with a threat message from paramilitaries.
It stated that the accused had been arrested for alleged rape and should be "severely punished".
According to a police officer, there was a real and immediate risk to McConnell's life if his name appeared in the press.
The ban was then challenged by lawyers representing a number of media organisations.
They argued that the threat specifically named McConnell, and that many in the community already knew his identity.
It was also pointed out that McConnell has been on bail for three weeks without coming to any harm.
Ruling on the media challenge at Belfast Magistrates' Court, Judge Bagnall said she was satisfied the threat met the test of being real and immediate.
But she added: "On the basis of the verifiable evidence those who are likely to be a threat to the defendant already know his identity.
"In those circumstances I do not consider that publishing the defendant's name at this stage will materially increase the threat against the defendant.
"On the basis of the reasons set out above I therefore remove the order restricting reporting made on 20 June, 2013."
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