A MAN accused of raping a teenage girl in an alley next to a Huddersfield nightclub has had the date of his trial switched because of the royal wedding in April.
Bradford man Paul Lupton, 29, is alleged to have raped the 18-year-old near to The Warehouse on Zetland Street and his trial had been listed to start on Tuesday April 26.
But Judge James Goss QC was told yesterday that the hearing was expected to last at least four days and the public holiday for the royal wedding on Friday April 29 would lead to a four-day interruption in the case because of the Bank Holiday the following Monday.
After discussion about an alternative date Judge Goss confirmed that the trial would now be listed to begin on Monday April 18.
Lupton, of Apsley Crescent, Bradford, had been due to enter his plea to the charge at the hearing yesterday, but Judge Goss agreed to an adjournment until February 7.
Lupton was remanded back in custody until the next hearing.