Londonderry rape trial jury discharged

Londonderry courthouse

The jury in the trial of a man charged with rape has been discharged at Londonderry Crown Court for legal reasons.

Patrick McNamara, who is 35, originally from County Kerry, denies three charges of raping the 46-year-old.

The alleged offences took place at his then home at Ardanlee Crescent, in the Culmore area on September 9 2008.

He also denies attempted rape, false imprisonment, indecent assault and assault.

Judge Piers Grant told the jury, on the third day of the trial, that an essential witness in the case was out of the country and was not available to give evidence.

He thanked the jurors and discharged them.