Northern Ireland

Man in court charged with raping woman at Bangor party

A 24-year-old man has appeared in court charged with raping a woman at a party in Bangor, County Down, at the weekend.

David Parry, of no fixed address, was also charged with sexual assault and possessing a knife with intent to commit an assault.

A police officer told the court he believed he could connect the defendant to the alleged charges and objected to bail.

A lawyer for the accused said Mr Parry denied the charges.

He told the court his client claimed the sexual contact had been consensual.

The officer told Newtownards Magistrates' Court that after the alleged offences had occurred the defendant left the party and went home, where he armed himself with a knife.

The police later stopped him in his vehicle and the knife was found in the glove compartment.

His defence barrister said family members of the accused in England had offered to act as sureties and that Mr Parry was willing to follow stringent bail conditions.

However, the district judge refused him bail and remanded him into custody.