Man, 22, denies raping 14-year-old girl in Londonderry

A 22-year-old man has appeared at Londonderry Magistrates Court charged with raping a 14-year-old girl last Friday.

Jonathan Michael Simpson, of Brandywell Road, denied raping the girl at his home in Derry.

He also denied falsely imprisoning her.

On Monday, the court heard that Mr Simpson handed himself into police before officers started looking for him.

A defence barrister told the court that Mr Simpson decided to go to police after he became aware that people were saying the alleged victim was aged 14, and not aged 18, as he believed.

A bail application was adjourned until Friday and Mr Simpson was remanded in custody.