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Two youths in court over alleged Bank Holiday rape of teenage girl in east Durham
TWO youths accused of taking part in the rape of a teenage girl have appeared in court by video link from prison.
Eighteen-year-old Lewis Bates, of Runciman Road, Hartlepool, and a 17-year-old youth are said to have been involved in the rape of the girl in east Durham, on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26.
Both are accused of three counts of rape.
They each appeared on screen via video link from different custodial establishments in a short preliminary hearing at Durham Crown Court today (Thursday September 12).
No pleas were taken and the case was adjourned by Judge Christopher Prince for a further preliminary hearing at the court on Thursday October 3.
They may then be joined by further co-accused, as two other 17-year-olds and a 27-year-old man, also arrested amid inquiries into the incident, were released after questioning to report back on police bail by the end of this month.
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