Kidnap & Rape Trial Date Set

A man accused of kidnapping and repeatedly raping a York student will appear before a judge on January 9th for a plea and case management hearing at Teesside Crown Court.

Mark Anthony Thompson, 36, is accused of forcing a 20 year old woman into his car at 4am on Tuesday 29th October as she walked through York City Centre.

He is accused of raping her twice in Stonebow before driving to Foss Islands Road and raping her there. He has also been charged with attempting to rape her in Malton before returning to York.

North Yorkshire Police arrested Mr Thompson later the same day.

Thompson, a Fulford resident of Hospital Fields Road, initially appeared before York Magistrates Court on 1st November but the judge decided the case was too serious for the court to try.

The accused appeared at York Crown Court last Friday but did not enter a plea. His lawyer John Howard has not applied for bail.

He will remain in custody before his appearance in early January.