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Crown Court date for man accused of attempting to rape wife

Omagh Court House
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.

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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be returned for trial at Dungannon Crown Court on May 13, District Judge Bernie Kelly marked the holding charges withdrawn.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.

 

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