TWO men charged with rape in Coleraine have been released on bail.
The accused are Nicusor Adascalitei (29) and Roman Dan-Alexandru (21), of the same address at Hazelbank Road in Coleraine. The charges followed a report of a serious sexual assault in the Bushmills Road area of Coleraine in the early hours of Saturday September 22.
They are both accused of raping a female on September 22.
Both men are also charged with sexually assaulting another female on September 21. Adascalitei is also charged with the theft of a mobile phone valued at £500 belonging to the alleged rape victim on September 23.
He is further charged with the theft of a driving licence belonging to another female on September 22. He is also accused of handling stolen goods, a mobile phone, on September 24.
Other counts being faced by the second defendant, Dan-Alexandru, include a charge of stealing a mobile phone and bank card on September 22 belonging to the female who allegedly had her driving licence taken by Adascalitei. Alexandru is also charged with handling stolen goods – a mobile phone – on September 23.
On Monday, both accused appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court via video link from Maghaberry Prison where they have been on remand. The court heard bail applications had previously been made at the High Court in Belfast.
Adascalitei’s defence barrister Eoghan Devlin said his client’s bail only needed one signature of one surety and that surety was present in Coleraine Court. Barrister Ben Thompson for Dan-Alexandru said his client had provided an address outside the Coleraine area which police have now approved.
District Judge Peter King said there were investigations regarding DNA and a prosecution lawyer said although DNA had been sent to a forensic science lab he was unsure when the results would be back.
Both accused had their cases adjourned to November 5.