Birmingham soldier accused of three rapes to stand trial in Northern Ireland
A serving soldier accused of multiple rapes against a woman must be tried.
ee Demuth (27) allegedly suffocated and assaulted the woman.
He appeared in Lisburn Magistrates’ Court via video link from his attorney’s office last week and confirmed that he was aware of the five charges against him and that he had not complained. opposed to the preliminary investigation into the case.
Demuth, who is believed to be from the Birmingham area but with an address at Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn, is charged with three counts of rape.
He is also accused of having attempted to suffocate the alleged victim by attempting “to render her unresponsive, unconscious or incapable of resistance, with the intention” of committing rape.
The fifth count is common assault.
With all of the offenses allegedly committed on March 27 of this year, the details of the offenses allege that Demuth committed oral, anal and vaginal rape against the complainant.
During Thursday’s brief preliminary inquiry (PE), a prosecution lawyer argued that legal documents and statements formed the basis of a case to respond against Demuth, an argument conceded by defense attorney Garrett O’Kane.
The court clerk told the defendant that although he did not have to, he had the right to comment on the charges and present evidence to the EP on his behalf, but declined the opportunity.
Releasing the alleged rapist on Â£ 500 bail and extending legal aid to allow a senior QC to be tried, Deputy District Judge Gerald Trainor referred the case to Craigavon ââCrown Court for arraignment for the November 30.
As part of his bail conditions, Demuth does not have the right to contact the complainant, enter a specific area of ââLisburn, and must report to police once a week.