20-year-old man charged with Glenabbey Drive, Derry, rape

DERRY Bishop's Street Court house
Image caption Mr Hyland faces a number of charges, all of which he denies

A 20-year-old man has appeared in court charged with raping a woman in Londonderry on Friday.

Aaron Francis Hyland, from Cranbrook Court, Belfast, denies the offence.

He was also charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and a number of other offences.

Londonderry Magistrates' Court heard the alleged attack happened at a house in Glenabbey Drive. The alleged victim, a 23-year-old woman, is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Mr Hyland was also charged with possessing a claw hammer with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, assaulting and threatening to kill a police officer and possessing cannabis.

When the defendant appeared in the dock members of the victim's family stood up and pointed their fingers at him.

The judge said while he appreciated that a young woman was in hospital seriously ill he would not tolerate any threatening behaviour during the court appearance.

A police officer told the court he could connect Mr Hyland to all of the charges.

He was remanded in custody.