Man to stand trial after denying rape of child

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A SCARBOROUGH man has appeared in court charged with the alleged rape of a young child.

Duncan James Byrne, 34, appeared before York Crown Court and pleaded not guilty to the allegation.

Byrne, of North Marine Road, also pleaded not guilty to three further charges alleging sexual assaults on the same child.

The alleged offences are all said to have been committed this year.

Richard Cleasby, prosecuting, told the court a two day trial, due to start on October 19, had been earmarked for the evidence to be put before a jury at the York court.

Ruth Cranidge, defending, said that her client was on conditional bail and asked that it be renewed by the Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst.

Bail was granted with the conditions including that Byrne does not contact prosecution witnesses, that he continues to live at the North Marine Road address and does not enter any residence where a child under the age of 16 years is present.

The judge also gave permission for the young girl’s evidence to be presented to the jury at the trial by means of a video recording, and for her answer any questions from prosecution and defence counsel via a live television link.

The hearing was adjourned until the trial.