Rape accused denied bail

A MAN charged with raping his pregnant partner during an incident in Mallusk at the weekend has been remanded in custody.

The 34-year-old suspect is accused of attempted murder, two counts of sexual assault, inflicting actual bodily harm and threatening to kill the woman.

He faces two further charges of assaulting police and one of damaging a PSNI van.

All of the alleged offences occurred in the Mallusk area early on Sunday morning (May 13).

The accused cannot be named to protect the alleged victim’s identity.

On Tuesday (May 15), at Belfast Magistrates Court, he was remanded in custody to appear again by video link in four weeks time.