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Bessbrook Man Accused of Rape, False Imprisonment and Sexual Assault Charges

By Paul Higgins

A Co. Armagh man stands accused of the rape and sexual assault of a woman he allegedly held prisoner. 

Standing in the dock of Armagh Magistrates Court, sitting in Newry, 20-year-old Miceal Carragher confirmed he was aware of the seven charges against him that he did not object to a Preliminary Enquiry, the legal process necessary to elevate each and every case to the Crown Court. 

Miceal Carragher

Carragher, from John F Kennedy Park in Bessbrook, faces one count of oral rape, four counts of sexual assault and single counts of assault with intent to rape and false imprisonment of the single female complainant on 7 September 2019. 

None of the facts surrounding the allegations were opened in court but a prosecuting lawyer submitted that there was a case to answer against the alleged rapist which was conceded by defence counsel Kevin Magill. 

The court clerk told Carragher, who appeared in court in a black suit, shirt and tie, that although he was not obliged to he had the right to comment on the charges and to call evidence to the PE on his own behalf but he declined the opportunity. 

Returning the case to Newry Crown Court for trial and scheduling his arraignment for 3 May, District Judge Bernie Kelly freed Carragher on his own bail of £750 with a package of conditions including a complete ban on contacting his alleged victim, a ban on consuming alcohol and and order to reside at his Bessbrook home. 

Mr Magill told the judge however that Carragher was currently living in “student digs” in Belfast so invited the judge to vary the conditions in such a way that would allow Carragher to finish the academic year, highlighting there had been no issues in the almost three years since the alleged incident. 

ENDS

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