Rape charge remand

A teenager has appeared in court charged with subjecting a 15-year-old girl to a horrific ordeal in which she was allegedly kidnapped and raped.

Abdul Miah, 19, appeared before Newcastle Crown Court via a videolink from Durham Prison for a brief hearing, during which no pleas were entered.

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He was charged with rape, kidnap, false imprisonment, robbery, making threats to kill and possessing an offensive weapon.

The charges arose from an incident on December 18 which involved a 15-year-old girl in Elswick, Newcastle.

Miah, of Elswick, appeared before Judge James Goss, the Recorder of Newcastle. No trial date was set and another hearing will take place in a fortnight. He was remanded in custody until then.