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Man charged with sexual assault of Irish teen named

Gerard Scannell
Gerard Scannell

The man who assaulted a 16-year-old boy near Falls Park in Belfast has been named.

39-year-old Gerard Scannell, from the Ballymurphy Road, stands accused of three counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.

The court heard that Mr Scannell had "cooperated fully" during the police investigation.

The 16-year-old victim was attacked near the Falls Park at around 1am on Saturday morning. 

A PSNI detective said that he believed to could connect Mr Scannell to all four of the charges.

A Public Prosecution Service official said that any application for release on bail would be "strongly objected to".

As he was being led back to a cell, people in the public gallery hurled abuse at him.