Preston rape trial will be delayed for a year

A man accused of raping a young woman in Preston city centre will have to wait a year before he faces a trial.

By Stef Hall
Tuesday, 21st July 2020, 7:00 am

Amanuel Tsegay has denied the rape of an 18-year-old woman last autumn.

The 35-year-old, of Lords Avenue, Salford, Manchester, previously entered not guilty pleas in a hearing at Preston’s Sessions House Court.

The rape is alleged to have happened on a grassed area in Lord Street, next to the Guild Hall, at around 4.20am on Sunday, September 22, after the woman became separated from her friends.

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Preston Crown Court

Lancashire Police launched an appeal or information after the case was reported.

Tsegay was charged by the Crown Prosecution Service with rape and is also accused of a sexual assault on a different woman on the same day in Lancaster Road, Preston.

His trial was originally listed for March 13 this year, but the coronavirus pandemic has caused a significant backlog of cases in the criminal justice system, which was already struggling with delays.

During a hearing before Preston Crown Court, Judge Beverly Lunt fixed the trial, which is expected to last for nine days, for March 9 next year.

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