South Shields woman charged with raping man

Katie Brannen has been accused of raping a man.
Katie Brannen has been accused of raping a man.

A woman has appeared in court accused of raping a man.

Katie Brannen is claimed to have attacked the alleged victim in January.

Brannen appeared at Newcastle Crown Court.

Brannen appeared at Newcastle Crown Court.

The 26-year-old has appeared at Newcastle Crown Court accused of two offences of rape.

Brannen was not asked to enter a plea to the charges and spoke only to confirm her name during the hearing.

Her barrister Gavin Doig told the court: "I can indicate a not guilty plea and we will be looking for a trial date."

Prosecutor Julie Clemitson told the court the trial will last approximately four days.

Judge Robert Spragg ordered the trial to be listed on December 4 and a further review hearing, which Brannen must attend, on September 25.

Brannen was granted conditional bail in the meantime.

The conditions of her bail include a requirement that she must must not try to contact the alleged victim and must live at an address in Green Lane, South Shields.

Brannen must also abide by an electronic curfew and not enter on-licensed premises.

Judge Spragg told Brannen: "If you do not come to your trial on December 4 it could go ahead in your absence.

"On those terms you are free to go and we will see you back here on September 25."

No details surrounding the alleged attack were given in court.