Baby rape accused questioned on separate offences

January 21, 2019

A 25 year old County Down man accused of raping his twelve day old son has been remanded back into custody at Maghaberry Prison after being questioned by police about other matters.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the child, appeared before Newry Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning, charged with sexually assaulting the infant on September 29 last year.

He is also charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm on the baby with intent.

Previous court hearings heard how the child was found at an address in the Annalong area with unexplained injuries, including broken ribs and thigh bones as well as a brain haemorrhage and traumatic bruising and bleeding. Detectives also claimed to have discovered extreme pornographic material and indecent images of children on a phone linked to the accused.

The defendant denies the charges against him, telling a High Court bail hearing in November that he may have unintentionally hit the child’s head on a wall while “tired and frustrated”.

During Wednesday’s hearing, a detective constable said police were applying for the accused to be released into their custody for 24 hours to be questioned “in relation to other separate offences than which he is presently in custody”.

District Judge Eamon King ordered the accused to be freed into police custody at Banbridge PSNI station for 24 hours.  The defendant was subsequently remanded back into custody in Maghaberry on Thursday morning to appear at Newry Magistrates Court on 13th February.