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Asylum seeker denies raping woman in Skegness


An asylum seeker has denied raping a local woman in Skegness Park just 40 days after arriving in the UK by dinghy.


Saad Gomaa is charged with the offence allegedly committed in the Tower Gardens areas of Skegness, Lincolnshire on Friday, June 9.

Gomaa, 33, spoke only to confirm his identity and enter a plea on Wednesday as he was assisted by an Arabic interpreter in the hearing at Lincoln Crown Court, sitting at Lincoln Magistrates' Court.

The Lincolnshire Echo reported in June that police were called to the Tower Gardens area just after 10.40pm on June 9 to a report of a sexual assault.

Gomaa, of County Hotel, North Parade, Skegness, will face trial on December 4 at a venue to be fixed.

Further remanding him into custody, Judge Simon Hirst said: 'You will face trial on December 4.

'If you choose not to leave your prison cell, the trial will inevitably proceed in your absence.'