A LITHUANIAN man accused of attempting to rape his wife at their Omagh home has been returned for Crown Court trial.
The 41-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his wife and young children appeared in the dock of Omagh Magistrates Court on Tuesday for a preliminary enquiry hearing.
Flanked by an interpreter and a prison service guard, he listened as the charges of attempted rape, sexual assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm were read.
The Lithuanian national said he had nothing to say in answer to the charges.
The charges stemmed from a domestic incident on October 8 2013 after the defendant had engaged in a ten day drinking binge. During a previous court appearance, it was heard how the man’s ten-year-old son jumped from an upstairs window and ran to his aunt’s house to raise the alarm. The constable said the breathless child told the woman, “Daddy’s killing mummy.”
A representative of the Public Prosecution Service said that based on the papers submitted, he believed here was a prima facie case to answer.
Ordering that the 41-year-old be returned for trial at Dungannon Crown Court on May 13, District Judge Bernie Kelly marked the holding charges withdrawn.
The defendant was released on his existing bail conditions.