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Two men accused of rape in Coleraine have had their cases further adjourned

TWO men accused of rape in Coleraine have had their cases further adjourned. The accused are Nicusor Adascalitei (29), whose address was given as Moycraig Road at Dunseverick and Roman Dan-Alexandru (21), of Hazelbank Road in Coleraine.

The charges followed a report of a serious sexual assault in the Bushmills Road area of Coleraine in September last year. Both accused are charged with raping a female.

Both men are also charged with sexually assaulting another female.

Adascalitei is also charged with the theft of a mobile phone valued at £500 belonging to the alleged rape victim. He is further charged with the theft of a driving licence belonging to another female.

He is also accused of handling stolen goods, a mobile phone. Other counts being faced by the second defendant, Dan-Alexandru, include a charge of stealing a mobile phone and bank card belonging to the female who allegedly had her driving licence taken by Adascalitei.

Alexandru is also charged with handling stolen goods – a mobile phone. The case was mentioned at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday. Both accused were not present after previously being excused from attending on that occasion.

A detective constable gave an update on the case. She said they are still awaiting biology and DNA reports.

The officer said CCTV has been viewed and a report has been compiled. The police officer said one of the alleged victims said she wanted to take part in a video identification procedure.

The court was also told phone triage reports have been requested. District Judge Peter King said it could be the end of April before all reports connected with the case are received.

The case was adjourned to early April.

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