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Adjournment in case of man accused of rape and administering substance with sexual intent

His solicitor said a report from a consultant psychiatrist was being sought due to revelations regarding his client's interview

Craigavon Court

A man accused of administering substance with sexual intent in an alleged rape case may have fitness to plea issues, court has heard.

The 30-year-old’s solicitor stated that a report from a consultant psychiatrist was being sought due to revelations regarding his client’s interview.

Kieran Vige, of Wesley Street, Lisburn appeared charged with rape and administering a substance with sexual intent at Craigavon Magistrates’ on Wednesday.

It is alleged that on June 29, 2018, the defendant engaged in sexual intercourse with a female who did not consent.

On the same date he is also accused of intentionally administering a substance to the same female, knowing that she did not consent and with the intention of stupefying or overpowering her so as to enable him to engage in a sexual activity.

The case had been listed for a preliminary enquiry but issues were raised by defence solicitor Chris Logue.

He stated: “The papers were given to us last week. After looking through them there are obvious fitness to plead issues, given the interview.

“I would be asking for an adjournment for a report to be compiled by a consultant psychiatrist.”

Prosecution commented: “This has been in the list since September last year. My friend was in the interview with Mr Vige at the time and I was surprised he had not investigated it to this point.”

Mr Logue stated: “It is always best to have a full set of papers in a case. It goes both ways. The police have had one and a half years to bring this to court and the prosecution have also been afforded time.”

District Judge Amanda Brady said: “I am going to adjourn the PE for now. I am concerned about giving a lengthy adjournment but I will adjourn for three weeks with the case being listed for mention for an update.”

The case was adjourned until February 19, with Vige excused from attending on this occasion.

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