Man back in court on rape charge

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A 20 year-old man arrested in London man has appeared in court in Derry charged with raping a schoolgirl in the grounds of Foyle College last year.

Adam Titheridge, whose address was given as Willow Walk in London, is charged with causing the girl grievous bodily harm and carrying out an aggravated assault on her.

The offences are alleged to have happened on 8 July last year.

In February Titheridge was granted bail on the charges in the High Court in Belfast. He failed to turn up for his preliminary inquiry on 20 April and an arrest warrant was issued.

Today the court heard that he came to the attention of the Metropolitan Police in London last Thursday. A background check was carried out, and the PSNI were informed. A detective told the court he went to London at the weekend and arrested the defendant at Gatwick Airport and brought him to the North.

There was no bail application at today’s hearing and Titheridge was remanded in custody until 6 September.