The family of a man accused of raping a newborn baby are standing by him, a court has heard.
The 25-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the baby’s identity, is charged with grievous bodily harm with intent and sexual assault of a 12-day-old infant.
He appeared at Newry Magistrates’ Court today where he was refused bail.
Detectives said the address he would be living at was his father’s who is an alcoholic and would not be able to “keep tabs” on him, reports the BBC.
The “grotesque” details of the case were also withheld from open court.
The man was arrested on October 2 following a reported incident in the Annalong area of County Down, on September 29.
The injured baby was left needing treatment in intensive care at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.
The accused denies the charges but accepted he had sole custody of the baby on the night in question, when injuries to the child are said to have occurred.
The defence argued that his client’s family supported him and they were prepared to enter a cash surety of £10,000.
“This case will take some time to get to a full hearing,” said the defence barrister.
“A similar case, where the child died, took up to three years to be heard.
“The seriousness of the crime cannot prevent bail. He is entitled to the presumption of innocence.”
District Judge Eamonn King refused the application.
The defendant was remanded back into custody at Maghaberry Prison.
The case was adjourned until December 5.