A man accused of raping a baby and leaving it fighting for life have given their backing, offering a surety of £10,000.
The 25-year-old man, who cannot be named in order to protect the baby’s identity, is being held at HMP Maghaberry, Northern Ireland, following the arrest for allegedly raping the 12-day-old.
He has denied sexual assault and grievous bodily harm with intent and applied for bail with lawyers speaking on behalf saying he had the support of his family.
The baby was taken to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in September.
He accepts that he had sole responsibility for the child between 10.30pm and 8.30am on the night the alleged attack happened, according to the BBC.
Prosecutors described the case as ‘grotesque’ and did not read them out in open court.
They opposed bail saying that his alcoholic father would not be able to keep tabs on him and an EU arrest warrant could be required as he wanted to cross the border into the Republic of Ireland.
His defence barrister said: ‘This case will take some time to get to a full hearing. 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 for bail at Newry Magistrates’ Court.