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Man accused of raping and sexually assaulting woman to stand trial

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] MAN accused of raping and sexually assaulting a woman is to stand trial early next year.

Paul Anthony Fuller, 36, faced a total of nine charges when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court this afternoon.

Fuller, of Greenhill, Brampton, near Carlisle, denied two charges alleging the rape of a woman, and two others alleging sexual assault. He also pleaded not guilty to allegedly causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.

During a short hearing, Fuller further denied three charges alleging the possessing of offensive weapons in a public place – namely a baton, a meat cleaver and two knives.

All charges arise out of incidents which allegedly occurred in late July.

A timetable for the progression of the case was outlined by prosecutor Tim Evans, who said in view of Fuller’s denials: “There will need to be a trial. I would estimate that the trial will take something in the region of three days.”

That is due to start at the crown court on January 7 next year.

In the meantime Fuller, who appeared via a video link and spoke only to confirm his name and enter not guilty pleas, was remanded in custody by Judge Barbara Forrester.

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