Woman raped in McDonalds toilet, court told

The man, an African asylum seeker, forced himself on the victim after
following her into the ladies at McDonalds on Donegall Place, it was claimed
yesterday.

A prosecuting lawyer said the 33-year-old allegedly took the woman’s clothes
off and said, ?You know what I need?, before twice raping her.

Crown counsel Philip Henry said: ?The injured party stated she was aware he
had a knife and was very afraid he would use it.?

A decision has yet to be taken on whether to charge the man, who cannot be
named to protect his ex-partner’s identity, over the alleged attack in May.

Details were disclosed as he applied for bail on separate charges of
intimidation, making threats to kill and breach of a non-molestation order.

Those charges relate to claims that he telephoned the woman last week in a bid
to get her to drop complaints against him.

In one call he allegedly warned her: ?You’re a dead person walking, my boys
are operating in the north.?

The court heard claims that he then phoned again to say he knew where her
mother lived.

It was alleged that when she asked him to stay away he replied with a similar
threat: ?The mafia are all coming over . . . you are a dead person walking.?

Opposing bail, Mr Henry said the PSNI’s public protection unit have carried
out a risk evaluation on the accused.

?He has been assessed as a category three potentially dangerous person ? that
is the highest in a three tier category,? the barrister added.

Mark Farrell, defending, told the court his client was awaiting a decision on
his application for political asylum.

According to the accused it was the woman who phoned him because he had
started a new relationship.

Refusing to release the man, Lord Justice Higgins ruled it was not an
appropriate case to grant bail.

* Source: The Belfast Telegraph.

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