Dursley care worker faces rape charge
A DURSLEY care worker is facing trial on charges including the rape of a vulnerable woman in a care home.
Colin Stokes, aged 47, of St George's Road, Dursley, appeared at Gloucester crown court on Friday via video link from Hewell Prison where he is in custody on remand awaiting trial.
He currently faces one allegation of rape and another of being a care worker and engaging in sexual activity with a resident.
Virginia Cornwall, prosecuting, told the court there would have to be special measures at court and a suitable venue would have to be found in view of the vulnerability and disability of the alleged victims.
Stephen Thomas, defending, said he understood there were ongoing investigations which might lead to charges involving a third alleged victim. "The true extent of the case against Mr Stokes is not yet known and it is too early yet to ascertain what the final position is going to be," he said.
Judge William Hart said the Gloucester county court building had been mooted as a suitable venue for the trial.
"It is a case where communication problems, particularly for one victim, are really as great as they could be," he said. "There will have to be an intermediary there."
He said the trial was likely to last five to seven days.
Mr Stokes was remanded in custody pending a full plea and case management hearing on November 29.
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