Man accused of raping 14-year-old

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A 22-year-old man has appeared in court accused of raping a 14-year-old girl.

Jonathan Michael Simpson, of Brandywell Road, is charged with rape and false imprisonment on July 18.

Derry Magistrates Court heard allegations Simpson raped the teenager in his home.

Earlier in the evening the teenager was ‘out the line’ with a number of people and Simpson was also there.

It was claimed when the girl went to walk to a friends house, where she was to spend the night, Simpson came behind her and grabbed her by the arm.

She allegedly told him to go away and pushed him, but the 22-year-old grabbed her again and took her into an alleyway.

The court heard allegations Simpson tried to kiss the girl and she kept trying to push him away.

It was claimed the 22-year-old took the teenager to his house and locked the door.

The house was in darkness and the girl allegedly told Simpson to ‘f*** off as he grabbed her by the arm and led her to the sofa.

The girl allegedly continued to push Simpson away and decided that it would be best not to try to run.

He allegedly pushed her onto the sofa, took off her clothes and raped her.

The court heard that throughout the rape, the girl tried to push him away but he was so close to her she couldn’t get her arms free.

The girl’s mother reported the matter to police the following day and Simpson handed himself into police before he knew they were looking for him.

During police interview, Simpson claimed the sex was consensual and that he thought the alleged injured party was 18.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer told the court police have a ‘real concern’ about the defendant’s safety.

He said police also fear the 22-year-old would interfere with witnesses.

A bail application was adjourned to allow Simpson time to find an address outside the city.

He was remanded in custody and will appear in court again on Friday.