Friday 24 January 2020

Man accused of raping child (12) to stand trial

Conaire Adams-Whyte
Conaire Adams-Whyte

A man is to stand trial accused of raping a child.

Conaire Adams-Whyte is alleged to have carried out the sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl in July last year.

The 20-year-old, of Crocus Street in west Belfast, is charged with the rape of a child under the age of 13.

He faces a further count of offering to supply the Class B drug cannabis.

As Adams-Whyte appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court for a preliminary inquiry, prosecutors argued that a prima facie case had been established.

The accused declined to say anything in response to the charges during the brief hearing.

Asked if he wanted to call witnesses or give evidence, he replied, "No".

District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted a prosecution application to have him returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

Adams-Whyte was released on continuing bail.

His solicitor confirmed he was seeking senior counsel for the trial and said: "The complainant at the time of the alleged incident was only 12 years old. It's a very serious matter."

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