Northamptonshire man accused of raping woman in town park appears at court

Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001
Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001
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A Northamptonshire man has appeared in front of magistrates charged with raping a woman in a park on Wednesday night.

Michael Small, 42, of Well Lane, Rothwell, appeared before Northampton Magistrates’ Court this afternoon in connection with the incident, which took place in the pocket park near Glendon Road, Rothwell, between 10pm and 10.25pm on Wednesday, May 6.

He appeared in the dock today in a grey tracksuit and spoke only to confirm his name and address.

During the hearing, prosecutor Kwok Wan outlined the case against Small.

He said the alleged victim was on her way home from work when she claims she was approached by Small in the park near Glendon Road.

Mr Wan said the defendant then proceeded to rape the woman in the park.

For Small, Chris Bennett disputed the prosecution version of events, claiming Small and the woman had consensual sex at his flat shortly after meeting in the park.

Small was remanded in custody until May 22 when he is due to appear at Northampton Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.