Rape charge policeman trial sent to crown court

A policeman charged with two counts of rape against the same woman has appeared in court.

PC Vinod Kumar Dayhia, 44, from Telford, appeared before magistrates in the town earlier.

Dayhia was ordered to appear at Shrewsbury Crown Court on 2 December. A third charge of assault against the same woman was also referred to crown court.

The alleged rapes did not happen while he was on duty, the court heard.

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