Northern Ireland

Lithuanian man faces rape charges at Craigavon court

Craigavon Magistrates' Court
Image caption The accused appeared before Craigavon Magistrates' Court in County Armagh on Friday

A 29-year-old man has appeared in court in Craigavon on rape charges after he was arrested on a European arrest warrant in his native Lithuania.

Statys Baranauskas faces a total of nine charges.

He is accused of rape, sexual assault, causing grievous bodily harm and false imprisonment.

The accused did not speak during the brief hearing, but listened attentively as a detective gave details of the warrants under which he was arrested.

He was remanded in custody to appear again next week.

Mr Baranauskas was extradited from the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, by PSNI officers on Thursday.

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