‘RAPED WITHIN MINUTES OF MEETING ACCUSED’
A MAN allegedly raped a woman within minutes of meeting her, a court heard yesterday.
Police claimed Marko Dolhir pulled his alleged victim into an alleyway at Little May Street after waiting for up to an hour in central Belfast. The Iranian national, with an address at Sandringham Drive in Leeds, appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court charged with rape, attempted rape and sexual assault on November 25.
The 19-year-old denies the allegations, telling police any contact was consensual. The court heard Dolhir had allegedly been in the area for up to an hour, waiting for a “vulnerable” female.
Within two minutes of meeting the woman he pulled her into an alleyway where the alleged offences were committed, according to police.
The court was told CCTV footage was used to identify him. Bail was refused by IT withstands the worst conditions but today the Mourne Wall has been restored to its former glory.
The 100-year-old wall is in better shape after the most recent phase of the Mourne Wall Restoration Project saw 600 repairs along its 22 miles including a collapse on Slieve Bernagh.
The project was completed in two years by Geda Construction working alongside local stonemasons and RPS.
Paul Harper, of owners NI Water, said: District Judge Fiona Bagnall due to the potential risk of re-offending.
The judge said: “If there’s an element of predatory waiting, I have to say I’m not prepared to grant bail.”
Dolhir was remanded in custody until next month. “I am delighted this initial phase of work has been successfully completed.
“I would like to thank Mourne Heritage Trust, NIEA, National Trust and Trustees of Mourne for their guidance and assistance.”
To mark the restoration, children from St Columbanus, Brackenagh West and Annalong Primary Schools joined the project team in burying a time capsule in a secret location along the wall.
CHIP OFF THE BLOCK Local children bury time capsule to mark restoration HIGH AND MIGHTY Mourne wall’s 22 miles are restored