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Penrith man accused of raping two women to stand trial later this year

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] PENRITH man accused of raping two women will go on trial in front of a jury later this year.

Lee Savage, 25, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today (MON).

During a short hearing before Judge James Adkin, Savage, of Skiddaw View, entered pleas of not guilty to a total of 14 charges.

Savage denied two counts alleging the rape of one woman on separate occasions. He also denied two further alleged sexual assaults and a physical assault which is said to have caused the female actual bodily harm.

Savage also pleaded not guilty to two charges alleging the rape of a second woman. He further denied six additional alleged sexual assaults, and a charge alleging false imprisonment of the same female.

The charges in relation to the second woman arise out of alleged incidents in January this year.

All of the alleged incidents were said, at a previous court hearing, to have occurred in the Penrith area.

Savage was told his trial – estimated to last around five days – would start at the crown court June 18.

In the meantime he was remanded in custody by Judge Adkin.

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