Brighton man remanded over attempted rape in Pavilion Gardens

Posted On 19 Jun 2019 at 3:06 pm

A Brighton man has been remanded in custody on charges of attempting to rape a woman and false imprisonment in the grounds of the Royal Pavilion.

Andrew Ford, 23, a labourer, of Bramble Way, Stanmer Heights, Hollingbury, appeared this afternoon (Wednesday 19 June) at Brighton Magistrates’ Court.

He was charged with the two offences which were alleged to have taken place on the morning of Saturday 8 June.

He gave no indication of a plea when he was charged that “at Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, you assaulted and unlawfully and injuriously imprisoned (the victim) and detained her against her will”.

Nor did he plead to the charge that he intentionally tried to rape the victim “when she did not consent and you did not reasonably believe that she was consenting”.

Martina Sherlock, prosecuting, told magistrates that the offences happened in the Royal Pavilion Gardens 11 days ago.

Ford, who was clean-shaven and with a shaved head, spoke only to give his name, date of birth and address.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on Wednesday 17 July.

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