Derry rape accused remanded in custody

Bishop Street Court House

A 39-year-old taxi driver from County Donegal has appeared at Londonderry Magistrates Court charged with raping a woman last Thursday.

Kieron Brian Coyle, from Forest Park in Killygordon, denied raping the woman and sexually assaulting her in Galliagh.

A police office described the defendant as a "predatory attacker" who posed a risk to women.

The defendant's car was seized and forensic tests have been fast-tracked.

The officer said as a result of his arrest the police were also reviewing a number of allegations of a similar nature.

She added that two previous allegations of a sexual nature made against him by two other women were not proceeded with.

Bail was refused and the defendant was remanded in custody.