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Man appears in court over alleged rape of 16-year-old girl

A man has appeared in court charged with the rape of a 16-year-old girl.

The alleged incident took place in Portadown on Monday night.

Local officers alongside Child Abuse Investigation Unit (CAIU) detectives worked to quickly identify and arrest a male suspect.

He was interviewed, spent most of Tuesday in custody and was charged overnight with rape before appearing in court this morning.

Detectives opposed bail and he is tonight spending his first night in prison.

A PSNi spokesperson said: “This does not make it right for the victim, however, hopefully it allows space and assurance for the healing process to begin.

“We will continue to support her and her family throughout this traumatic time.

“If you are the victim of sexual crime, don’t hesitate. Call us immediately and our specialist officers will do their best for you.”

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