Man appears in court charged with Mowbray Park rape

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A MAN is to appear at crown court, charged with raping one teenager and indecently assaulting another.

Syed Ali, 46, from the Barnes area of Sunderland, is accused of carrying out the offences in Mowbray Park on Monday, December 8.

He appeared before Sunderland Magistrates court this morning, when he spoke through an interpreter to indicate he understood the nature of the charges.

The case was committed to Newcastle Crown Court on January 5 and Ali was remanded in custody.