Northern Ireland

Richard McKimm accused of imprisoning and repeatedly raping a schoolboy

A Belfast man is to stand trial accused of imprisoning and repeatedly raping a schoolboy, a judge has ruled.

Richard George McKimm, 44, of Edenvale Crescent, is alleged to have committed numerous sexual assault offences against the same victim.

He is charged with 12 counts of rape, four counts of false imprisonment and four charges of causing a child aged under 16 to engage in sexual activity.

Mr McKimm is also accused of nine other charges.

These are seven sexual assault charges and two counts of having a knife with intent to commit rape.

The alleged offences were committed on dates in 2010 and 2011.

The judge ordered Mr McKimm to be returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed, and he was released on continuing bail.

As part of his release conditions, Mr McKimm must not have any unsupervised access with children.

He is also banned from contacting the alleged victim or any witnesses.

Update: On October 17, 2016, Richard George McKimm was acquitted, by direction of a judge, of 23 sexual offences charges and a further two charges of possessing a weapon with intent to commit rape.

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