Northern Ireland

Alleged rape victim may have been drugged, court hears

Two men accused of taking part in a gang rape in Portadown, County Armagh, have had bail applications refused.

A police officer alleged that Ioan Aurel Lacatus (24) and Avel Teglas (20), were involved in a "pre-planned and orchestrated" rape of a 22-year-old woman, involving up to five men.

He said the victim had taken a moderate amount of drink.

She remembered being on the dance floor and the next thing she remembered was waking up with a man raping her.

The detective added that a second man, who had been watching, then also raped her.

He indicated that the main concern was that if given bail the accused, both Romanian nationals, would abscond.

The officer said they had access to a substantial amount of money and could use passports of other Romanian nationals to leave the country.

A lawyer for Mr Lacatus said he wanted the opportunity to clear his name and for this reason there was no risk of him absconding.

Mr Teglas, said the officer, had been in Northern Ireland on holiday and had no ties to keep him in the jurisdiction.

The district judge said he believed there was a real risk that they would abscond.

Refusing bail, he remanded both defendants in custody to appear again in court on 7 November.