‘RAPED WITHIN MIN­UTES OF MEET­ING AC­CUSED’

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - BRIAN READE - BY ALAN ERWIN

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

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