Court in Ballymena hears man is accused of sexually assaulting female in supermarket queue

Court in Ballymena hears man is accused of sexually assaulting female in supermarket queue

A COURT in Ballymena heard a man is accused of 'sexual assault' of a female whilst in a queue in a supermarket.

Romeo Varga (25), of Albert Place in Ballymena, is charged in relation to St Patrick's Day in 2020.

He is also charged with sexual assault of a female in the aisle of a shop on March 4, 2020.

The charge in each case is that the defendant 'intentionally touched a person, the circumstances being that the touching was sexual, that she did not consent to the touching and you did not reasonably believe that she so consented'.

The full details of the cases have yet to be outlined.

A prosecutor told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, the March 4 "incident isn't picked up on the CCTV but the i.p. (alleged injured party) can be seen entering the store and speaking to security.

"The defendant can be seen walking around the store, however, the aisle where the alleged incident took place isn't covered by CCTV."

The prosecutor said there was a second alleged incident on March 17.

She said: "The second incident on March 17 takes place in a queue at a Centra store. CCTV shows the i.p. and the defendant in the queue and the defendant could be seen standing so close to the i.p. that their bodies appear to be touching.

"She can be seen looking around her and appears uncomfortable after the alleged incident."

A defence barrister told the court: "Mr Varga indicates there was either no contact with these two ladies or any contact that there may have been was purely accidental and therefore was not sexually motivated".

The defendant is on remand, in custody, and is set to contest the charges on March 14.