Man in court accused of raping two-week-old baby

The child is being cared for at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

A MAN has appeared in court accused of raping and causing grievous bodily harm to a two-week-old baby boy.

The baby’s mother has made an appeal on Facebook asking people to pray for her seriously ill child. 

Details of the sexual assault on the infant, from the Annalong area of Co Down, emerged only on Friday.

The 25-year-old accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, made a brief appearance at Armagh Magistrates Court on Tuesday to hear the charges read to him. 

He is alleged to have carried out the attack on September 29.

The boy was treated at a hospital in the Southern Trust and later taken to the paediatric unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

Police have warned people commenting on social media about the “extremely emotive incident”. Officers in Newry and Mourne said on Facebook that they have deleted some comments containing threats and “others which are just completely inappropriate”.

“This little one needs justice,” they said.

“Justice will not be able to be fully served if social media comments spiral out of control.”

A police officer told the court he believed he could connect the accused with both charges.

There was no application for bail. District Judge Paul Copeland remanded the man in custody to appear by video link at Newry Magistrates Court next week.

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