Ipswich man accused of rape in court

AN IPSWICH man accused of raping a woman has been sent to crown court.Terence Bennington, 41, hung his head throughout the brief first hearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court.

AN IPSWICH man accused of raping a woman has been sent to crown court.

Terence Bennington, 41, hung his head throughout the brief first hearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court. He did not enter any pleas to the allegation at this stage.

Casually dressed in a grey pin-striped shirt and blue jeans, Bennington, of Dickens Road, Ipswich, appeared in the dock where he spoke only to confirm his name.

As prosecutor Sandra Dyer outlined the details of case where it was alleged a woman was raped in Suffolk, grey-haired Bennington at one point held his head in his hands.

He appeared in the dock accompanied by a security guard, after being in police custody for at least 36 hours.

After the case was outlined Bennington's solicitor, Mark Holt, made an application for bail on behalf of his client. He said Bennington had denied the allegation in police interview.

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The hearing lasted 30 minutes before Bennington was granted bail by magistrate Peter Page.

Bail was granted with stringent conditions, including not to contact the alleged victim.

His next court appearance will be for a preliminary hearing on Thursday at Ipswich Crown Court.

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