North West Wales

Conwy Borough Council chief will deny rape charges

Byron Davies outside court
Image caption Byron Davies is due to appear at Caernarfon Crown Court next week

The chief executive of Conwy Borough Council has appeared in court charged with rape.

Byron Davies , 52, is accused of raping a woman at a house in the Llandudno area at the end of March.

Magistrates in Llandudno bailed Mr Davies, who is living in Devon, to appear before Caernarfon Crown Court next week.

Outside court his solicitor said he "vehemently denied" any offence and would be pleading not guilty.

In a hearing lasting less then two minutes Mr Davies, originally from Swansea, simply nodded to confirm his name and address and that he understood his bail conditions.

As he left his solicitor James Humphrys read out a short statement.

"My client has had his world turned upside down by this allegation," he said.

"He vehemently denies any offence and will fight to establish his innocence at the crown court in due course."

Mr Davies, who has been head at Conwy council since February 2009, has been temporarily relieved of his duties after the complaint.

Mr Davies was formerly chief executive of Caradon District Council in Cornwall.