Rape accused released on bail

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A CONSTRUCTION worker accused of raping a 15-year-old girl has been released on bail.

Before the court was Dominic Brendan Rodgers (28), of Mullaghmeash Road, Feeny, who is alleged to have committed the offence at Moneyneany, Draperstown, between January 3 and 15 this year.

A police officer told Magherafelt Magistrates Court today that she believed she could connect Rodgers with the charge.

She said police were objecting to bail on the grounds that Rodgers would fail to appear in court and the injured party was a 15-year-old girl who had arranged to meet him.

Applying for bail defence solicitor, Mr Stephen Atherton stressed that Rodgers “had no business in Moneyneany.”

District Judge Mr Desmond Perry warned that any approach to the victim would have very profound consequences for the accused.

He released Rodgers on £500 bail, with one surety of £500, to appear in court again on October 17.

Mr Perry also ordered the defendant to have no contact with the injured party and not to enter Moneyneany.

He also made it a condition of bail that Rodgers report to police at Waterside PSNI Station, Londonderry, three days a week.