Pensioner Rape: Man Remanded In Custody

A Court has been told that the man accused of raping a Ballymena pensioner is already the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Barry Johnston, 25, is accused of attacking the 74-year-old woman in Ballymena on Saturday.

He appeared at Monday's sitting of Coleraine Magistrate's Court.

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The court ordered that his home address should not be made public.

In addition to the rape charge, Johnston is accused of a number of related offences including aggravated burglary and possession of cannabis.

The defendant is also accused of breaching the terms of an interim Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

A police officer told the court he believed he could connect Johnston to the rape charge.

The defendant, who wore a navy blue track-suit, stood in the dock flanked by prison officers. He did not speak during the brief hearing.

Johnston was remanded in custody to appear via video link at a sitting in Antrim of Ballymena Magistrate's Court on September 9.