A MAN accused of kidnapping a teenager and raping her and another young woman in Rugby in the late 1990s is expected to stand trial in April.
Appearing at Warwick Crown Court via a video link from HMP Hewell, where he is on remand, Peter Livingstone Jones pleaded not guilty to raping a girl in her late teens in 1998.
The 55 year-old, of Wheelwright Lane, Coventry, who told the court he was born in Jamaica but has British citizenship, pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and raping another young woman during the same period.
In relation to that alleged victim, he also denied a further charge of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offence of kidnapping.
Of how the two women will give evidence, prosecutor Russell Pyne said one had taken part in a video-recorded interview, which would be played to the jury.
But the other had declined to take part in that procedure and had instead made a written witness statement, and would give her evidence in court.
Antonie Muller, defending, said that if it was ‘a single-handed case’ of Jones on his own, the trial would be expected to last around four days.
But he pointed out three other people were due to appear in front of magistrates before being sent to the crown court – and if they were to be tried with Jones, the time estimate would increase to seven days.
One of those, Helen Thompson, 43, of Morris Close, Rugby, has been charged in relation to the kidnapping allegation.
The other two, Raymond Dickens, 53, of Langdale Close, Rugby, and Balbir Jhutti, 57, of Horseshoe Road, Coventry, face a separate allegation of indecently assaulting one of the girls in Leicestershire in 1997.
Judge Andrew Lockhart QC adjourned the case against Jones for trial on April 30 next year, and for a further hearing to take place with the other three defendants also in court in January.
In the meantime, he remanded Jones in custody.