Man accused of rape is remanded in custody
A 21-YEAR-OLD man accused of raping a 14-year-old girl and a young woman on separate incidents in the city has been remanded in custody.
At Gloucester Crown Court, Rico Palmer, of Charles Street, Gloucester, was charged with raping the 14-year-old Cheltenham girl on July 20 and raping the woman on October 25.
Prosecutors want both charges to be tried together.
"The offences are said to have been committed upon vulnerable women outdoors," she said.
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It is also alleged Palmer stole a phone from one of the two alleged victims.
The first allegation is that Palmer raped one of two 14-year old girls whom he met after they had travelled to Gloucester by bus together. The offence is said to have occurred in a school playground near the city centre.
The second charge relates to a young woman whom he allegedly met outside the Fever bar in the city.
Judge William Hart remanded Palmer in custody pending a plea and case management hearing on February 1 and trial starting on March 25.