Updated: Man remanded in custody after being charged with raping woman at his Sliema home

A 30-year-old man from Germany was brought to court this morning under arrest and charged with raping a woman.

The man was charged with having, on the night of between 9 and 10 October, performed non-consensual sexual penetration on a woman. The crime was allegedly committed in the Tas-Sliema apartment where the man resides.

Arraigned before Magistrate Yana Micallef Stafrace, the man denied the charges, with Defence Counsel requesting bail on the grounds that this charge could end up being just an allegation and the German national can be found not guilty.

The Prosecution objected to bail because of the seriousness of the case, as well as because the accused has no links with Malta, and also because the victim still has to give evidence.

After hearing the parties the Court, Magistrate Yana Micallef Stafrace presiding, declared that in the circumstances it would deny the request for bail, and requested the Prosecution to present the evidence as quickly as possible so that the accused would not be detained under arrest for long duration.

The Prosecution requested that the names of both accused and victim would not be publicised, and the Court agreed.