Trial of men accused of rape adjourned after cancer diagnosis
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The trial of two men accused of raping a woman has been adjourned after one of the defendants was diagnosed with cancer, a court has heard.
Kevin Duffield, 52, of Carter’s Lane, Stratton Strawless, and co-defendant Matthew Foster, 59, of Banningham Road, Aylsham, have both previously pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape of the same woman.
Duffield has also previously denied a count of sexual assault on the same woman.
The offences are alleged to date back to 2015.
A trial was due to take place at Norwich Crown Court on November 16 but the case was listed for a mention on Thursday (November 12).
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The court heard Foster had been diagnosed with cancer and was to undergo treatment.
A new date was fixed for July 19 next year by which time it was hoped he would be fit for trial.
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Recorder Guy Ayers ordered the court he given an update as to Foster’s condition by the end of January next year.