A MAN has appeared at court to deny raping a schoolgirl almost 30 years ago.
Stephen Crawford is accused of carrying out the sex attack.
The assault, on a 13-year-old, is alleged to have taken place in Sunderland in the early 1980s.
The 48-year-old, of no fixed address, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court via videolink to HMP Frankland yesterday.
He pleaded not guilty to a single charge of rape.
The case was adjourned until next month when Crawford will be tried by a jury.
He was remanded in custody in the meantime.