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Rape trial jury set to return

THE jury in the trial of a man accused of raping two friends after giving them an anti-depressant to relax them is due to return to deliberations today after failing to reach a verdict yesterday.

The 34-year-old man has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping and sexually assaulting the first woman and has also denied charges of raping the second woman at his home on July 2, 2011.

Mr Justice Barry White told the jurors to suspend their deliberations and asked them to return today to continue considering their verdict.