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Barber (40) remanded in custody charged with raping a man in south-east Belfast

Laganside Court in Belfast

A 40-year-old man was remanded in custody charged with carrying out a rape in south-east Belfast.

George William Garland is accused of attacking a male in the Ravenhill Avenue area on Monday.

Garland, of Global Crescent in the city, appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court on charges of rape, sexual assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The defendant, whose occupation was listed as a barber, did not seek bail.

No further details of the alleged assault were disclosed during the brief hearing.

Deputy District Judge Peter Prenter remanded Garland in custody to appear again by video-link in four weeks' time.

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