Monday 29 May 2017

BBC journalist (29) pleads 'not guilty' to rape charge

Sean O'Halloran, 29, a reporter with BBC Radio Foyle in Derry
Sean O'Halloran, 29, a reporter with BBC Radio Foyle in Derry

George Jackson

A Donegal born BBC journalist is to go on trial at the Derry Crown Court charged with raping a woman in the city almost two years ago.

Sean O'Halloran, 29, a reporter with BBC Radio Foyle in Derry, from Northland Road, is charged with committing three sex offences against the woman.

At his arraignment before Judge Philip Babington the defendant replied "definitely not guilty" to a charge of raping the woman, "definitely not guilty" to a charge of indecently touching her in a sexual manner without her consent and "definitely not guilty" to a charge of sexually assaulting her by digital penetration.

He denied committing the three offences on May 11, 2014.

Defence barrister Eilis MacDermott told Judge Philip Babington that she would be seeking medical reports and records, records from Victim Support and from Nexus and possibly from the Compensation Agency.

A Public Prosecution Service barrister said he believed some of the witnesses in the case could be agreed and that he would need two weeks to obtain witness availability.

The case was adjourned until April 8 when a date for the trial, which is expected to last five days, will be fixed.

Meanwhile the defendant was released on continuing bail.

Belfast Telegraph

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