Protest delays sex case

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The case against a Craigavon couple accused of a litany of serious sex charges has been delayed due to the continuing protest by lawyers regarding legal aid.

Caroline Baker, whose address cannot be published, appeared at Craigavon Crown Court on Monday facing charges including aiding and abetting rape.

Her husband Keith Baker, who is in jail at Maghaberry, did not appear in court.

He also faces a lengthy list of charges including four counts of rape, false imprisonment and six counts of rape and inciting a person with mental disability to perform a sex act. The 12 charges relate to offences allegedly committed between March 2004 and December 2012.

Caroline Baker faces nine charges allegedly committed between March 2004 and December 2012.

At Craigavon Crown Court a solicitor told the judge that counsel for both Keith and Carol Baker could not be prepared due to legal aid difficulties.

In May, barristers withdrew from cases in protest against reduced legal aid payments.