Man accused of rape in Exmouth town centre is remanded in custody

A Brixington man accused of raping a woman in Exmouth town centre has been remanded in custody.

Andrew Smith, aged 22, of Hawthorn Grove, charged with two counts of rape and one of assault on September 21, 2019, appeared before Exeter Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning (October 14).

The court heard Smith, who works in advertising and owns his home, was before magistrates for breaching a doorstep curfew that was part of his bail conditions following his arrest.

His bail application today was refused and Smith was remanded in custody to appear at Exeter Crown Court on November 14.

Smith’s solicitor, Mr Overend, defending, said: “The police were visiting his address regularly. Sometimes after 10pm, and the early hours of the morning, to make sure he was not breaching the conditions.

“He appreciates now he should have kept a more watchful eye on his watch. He let time slip. Save for that time, he’s been inside for his curfew.”

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